The Zookeeper’s Wife

Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh) and his wife, Antonina (Jessica Chastain), take care of the zoo in Warsaw, one of the most prolific zoos in the 1930s. In the calm of September 1939, Antonina opens the gates of the zoo. A few hours before the gates of the zoo open, a lot of people have already gathered to admire the species of animals exposed. On September 1, 1939, Antonina and her son, Ryszard, witnessed an air bombardment when the German forces invaded Poland.
The Zoological Garden is neither spared; bombs fall on cages and kill a lot of animals. As the Polish resistance collapses in front of the invaders, Dr. Heck arrives at the zoo and begs Antonina to let him save the very rare species. She accepts hesitantly, but then realizes that his motives are a little suspicious. As the winter approaches, Heck appears again, and this time he wants to butcher the animals left in the cages.
He considers this to be a leniency because they will die in torments because of the cold. Warsaw soon becomes a terrifying place, and the Jews are persecuted by the Germans and sent to ghettos. Wearing the band of David’s Star, two of Zabinski’s Jewish friends, Maurycy Fraenkel (Iddo Goldberg) and his partner Magda Gross (Efrat Dor) are looking for a safe place not only for them but also for a friend’s insect collection -their. Antonina makes an unusual offer to shelter Magda in a closet.

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