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Opera House to screen ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’

Submitted Photo: Jessica Chastain stars in “The Zookeeper’s Wife.”

Submitted Photo: Jessica Chastain stars in “The Zookeeper’s Wife.”

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” starring Jessica Chastain. It will be screened on Saturday, May 6, and Tuesday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m.

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” tells the real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinski (Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. To fight back on their own terms, the Zabinskis 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.

The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II.

In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski (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 Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Golden Globe Award nominee Daniel Bruhl of Captain America: Civil War).

To fight back on their own terms, the Zabinskis 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.

Jacob Soll, in the New Republic, calls the film “truly moving and original.” April Woolfe, in L.A. Weekly, calls it “a singular, thrilling portrait, filled with surprises and moving performances.” Katie Walsh, in the Tribune News Service, calls it “an evergreen tale about the clarifying power of empathy to diffuse fear and hatred.” Stephen Schaefer, in the Boston Herald, says “as a personal tale of ordinary people taking extraordinary, life-threatening measures to help strangers, ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ astounds!” Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images, violence, brief sexuality, nudity and smoking, “The Zookeeper’s Wife” runs two hours, seven minutes.

The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 716-679-1891.

The Opera House is equipped with individualized closed captioning headsets for the deaf as well as with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.

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