The Zookeeper's Wife (film)

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The Zookeeper's Wife is a 2017 American war drama film directed by Niki Caro and written by Angela Workman. It is based on Diane Ackerman's non-fiction book of the same name.[6] The film tells the true story of how Jan and Antonina Żabiński rescued hundreds of Polish Jews from the Germans by hiding them in their Warsaw zoo during World War II.[7][Note 1] It stars Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl and Michael McElhatton.

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The Zookeeper's Wife
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNiki Caro
Written byAngela Workman
Based onThe Zookeeper's Wife
by Diane Ackerman
Produced by
  • Jeff Abberley
  • Jamie Patricof
  • Diane Miller Levin
  • Kim Zubick
  • Robbie Tollin
CinematographyAndrij Parekh
Edited byDavid Coulson
Music byHarry Gregson-Williams
  • Scion Films
  • Electric City Entertainment
  • Tollin Productions
  • Rowe/Miller Productions
  • Czech Anglo Productions[1]
Distributed byFocus Features (United States)
Universal Pictures (International)[2]
Release dates
  • 8 March 2017 (2017-03-08) (Warsaw)
  • 31 March 2017 (2017-03-31) (United States)
  • 21 April 2017 (2017-04-21) (United Kingdom)
Running time
126 minutes[2]
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Czech Republic[3]
LanguagesEnglish, German, Hebrew
Budget$20 million[4][5]
Box office$26.2 million[2]

The film had its world premiere on 8 March 2017 in Warsaw, Poland, the location of the story, followed by its US premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California, on 12 March 2017. The film was released in the United States on 31 March 2017, by Focus Features, and by Universal Pictures International in the United Kingdom on 21 April 2017. It received mixed reviews from critics but a positive response from audiences and grossed $26 million worldwide.[9][10][11]