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The Zookeeper's Wife

Based on the non-fiction book of the same title by Diane Ackerman, The Zookeeper's Wife dramatises a harrowing true story of heroism in 1930s and 1940s Poland. Dr Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh) and his wife Antonina (Jessica Chastain) assume control of the Warsaw Zoo, welcoming large crowds as German forces storm into the country. Bombs rain down on the city and many animals are killed during the aerial bombardment. Dr Lutz Heck (Daniel Bruhl), who is known as Hitler's zoologist, arrives soon after and orders the slaughter of the remaining animals, which he claims will die in the cold of winter. The blood flows as Jews are rounded up in Warsaw and sent to the Ghetto. Two of Jan and Antonina's friends, Maurycy Fraenkel (Iddo Goldberg) and his wife Magda (Efrat Dor) are marked with the Star of David and the Zabinskis risk their own lives to shelter Magda in their attic. This act of defiance inspires Jan and Antonina to save more Jews from the Ghetto and help them to escape the Nazis.