The Zookeeper's Wife


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The Zookeeper’s Wife dramatizes a real-life story of heroism. The time is 1939. The place is Poland, homeland of Antonina Żabiński (portrayed by Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh). 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 (Daniel Brühl). The Żabińskis covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save the lives of hundreds from what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and her children at great risk.
the official version from on October 19, 2015

Chronicles the true story of how Jan and Antonina Zabinski, the keepers of the Warsaw zoo, turned it into a safe haven for Jews after the Germans invaded Poland during WWII.
from on September 22, 2010

Production History as of June 17, 2016



Production has begun in the Czech Republic.


Niki Caro has come aboard to direct the World War II story.


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