The Zookeeper’s Wife
Character: Antonina Zabinska
Directed by: Niki Caro
Written by: Angela Workman
Produced by: Jeff Abberley, Jamie Patricof, Diane Miller Levin, Kim Zubick
Other cast: Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, Daniel Bruhl
Release date: March 8, 2017 (Warsaw)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Running time: 2h 7min

The time is 1939 and the place is Poland, homeland of Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski. The Warsaw Zoo flourishes under Jan's stewardship and Antonina's care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. The Zabinskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save the lives of hundreds from what has become the Warsaw Ghetto.


→ They gave all they had to save all they could
→ In a nation gripped by fear one woman finds the power to resist


♦ In between takes, Jessica Chastain claims she was taught “the nastiest German” swear words by co-star Daniel Brühl.

Character’s Quotes

• You can never tell who your enemies are, or who to trust. Maybe that’s why I love animals so much. You look in their eyes, and you know exactly what’s in their hearts. They’re not like people.
• People always want to run when they don’t know what’s coming. It’s their first instinct, always to run.