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Hollywood film on couple who saved Jews premiering in Poland

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/7/2017
CORRECTS SLUG - Film director Niki Caro, left and Hollywood star Jessica Chastain, who plays the main character, gesture during a press conference prior to the gala screening of "The Zookeeper's Wife" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) © The Associated Press CORRECTS SLUG - Film director Niki Caro, left and Hollywood star Jessica Chastain, who plays the main character, gesture during a press conference prior to the gala screening of "The Zookeeper's Wife" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain and the female director of her new movie are celebrating both the strength and the tenderness of women.

Hollywood star Jessica Chastain, who plays the main character, speaks during a press conference prior to the gala screening of "The Zookeeper's Wife" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) © The Associated Press Hollywood star Jessica Chastain, who plays the main character, speaks during a press conference prior to the gala screening of "The Zookeeper's Wife" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Chastain, director Niki Caro, and other actors were in Warsaw Tuesday for a gala screening of the movie "The Zookeeper's Wife." It tells the real-life story of the wartime director of the Warsaw zoo, Jan Zabinski, and of his wife Antonina, who jointly saved up to 300 Jews, hiding them in their home and in animal enclosures, risking their own lives and those of their children. It opens in theaters March 31.

Hollywood star Jessica Chastain, who plays the main character, speaks during a press conference prior to the gala screening of "The Zookeeper's Wife" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) © The Associated Press Hollywood star Jessica Chastain, who plays the main character, speaks during a press conference prior to the gala screening of "The Zookeeper's Wife" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Two-time Academy Award nominee Chastain, who plays Antonina Zabinska, told a news conference she felt "so inspired" by this story of human kindness "that we need so much today."

Hollywood star Jessica Chastain, who plays the main character, speaks during a press conference prior to the gala screening of "The Zookeeper's Wife" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) © The Associated Press Hollywood star Jessica Chastain, who plays the main character, speaks during a press conference prior to the gala screening of "The Zookeeper's Wife" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

She said she portrays a fragile woman, depending on her husband, who grows independent and becomes her husband's equal through her responsibility for the people she is sheltering from death.

Actors playing the main characters, Johan Heldenbergh, right, and Hollywood star Jessica Chastain attend a press conference prior to the gala screening of "The Zookeeper's Wife" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) © The Associated Press Actors playing the main characters, Johan Heldenbergh, right, and Hollywood star Jessica Chastain attend a press conference prior to the gala screening of "The Zookeeper's Wife" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Caro said the Zabinskis did the right thing at a challenging time, which should be an encouragement to all to "stand up, to act."

Actor Daniel Bruhl speaks during a press conference prior to the gala screening of "The Zookeeper's Wife" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) © The Associated Press Actor Daniel Bruhl speaks during a press conference prior to the gala screening of "The Zookeeper's Wife" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Both said they will walk in a march to mark International Women's Day in Warsaw on Wednesday. Actors Daniel Bruhl and Johan Heldenbergh, who also star in the movie, said they will join them.

Film director Niki Caro speaks during a press conference prior to the gala screening of "The Zookeeper's Wife" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) © The Associated Press Film director Niki Caro speaks during a press conference prior to the gala screening of "The Zookeeper's Wife" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

The movie is based on a book by American author Diane Ackerman, published in 2007, which revealed the story to the world.

Actor Johan Heldenbergh, center, signs autographs prior to a press conference with the cast of "The Zookeeper's Wife" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Actor Johan Heldenbergh, center, signs autographs prior to a press conference with the cast of "The Zookeeper's Wife" in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
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