The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh, a European Film Award nominee for the Academy Award-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care.
When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Golden Globe Award nominee Daniel Brühl of Captain America: Civil War). To fight back on their own terms, the Żabińskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.
Picture Motion is focusing on the positive themes in the film such as community, sacrifice for greater good, following one’s own moral compass, personal courage & bravery, and protecting the vulnerable. We are using the film to shine a light on modern day Antonina’s, the individuals and communities that provide shelter, support, and a home for displaced refugees from across the globe in Syria, Kenya, Sudan, Greece, and more.
Picture Motion is mobilizing grassroots partners working in the constellation of issues presented in the film working with them to to host influencer screenings, drive theatrical engagement with group sales, and promote the film online.