Check out the trailer for Brian Percival’s “The Book Thief,” starring Geoffrey Rush and child actress Sophie Nelisse (“Incendies”) as a foster father and young girl living in Nazi Germany during World War II. Emily Watson also stars in the film adaptation of Aussie author Mark Zusak’s novel of the same title, which is narrated by Death.
Fox is planning an Oscar campaign for the film, with young Nelisse as a possible candidate for a Best Actress nod. It’s an unlikely studio film — Fox didn’t give this one to Searchlight. It’s a period drama that needs awards focus.
Brit director Percival has won a couple of BAFTA TV awards, for “Downton Abbey” and “ShakespeaRe-Told.” “The Book Thief” is his second feature film, following 2009’s “A Boy Called Dad.”
“The Book Thief” hits theaters November 15 after its debut at the Heartland Film Festival.