The first emotional trailer for The Zookeeper’s Wife was just released.
The historical drama tells the real-life story of Antonina Zabinski, a working wife and mother who, in 1939 Poland, cared for the Warsaw Zoo with her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh). But when their country is invaded by the Nazis, the two are forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, but covertly begin working with the Resistance to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto.
Niki Caro directs from a script by Angela Workman, based on the nonfiction book by Diane Ackerman. Daniel Bruhl, Johan Heldenbergh and Michael McElhatton are also featured in the cast.
The incredible and little-known story was brought to the screen by a primarily female cast and crew. Chastain recently spoke with Variety about her commitment to working with female directors like The Zookeeper’s Wife’s Niki Caro.
I’ve always worked with female directors. I’m looking to work with a female filmmaker every year. That’s my goal. They’re not given the same opportunities so if I have any influence in choosing a film or a script or finding a director, I’m absolutely going to make a difference. That doesn’t mean I’m excluding men — it means I need some balance in my life.