Oscar contender? Yes—at least Fox hopes so. While you might not have been hearing much about “The Book Thief,” that’s probably about to change. As Deadline points out, it’s not every day that a studio pays for two full, nearly blank pages in The New York Times, but they did just that, with little more than the URL wordsarelife.com appearing, directing the curious to the official website of the movie. With the wheels on the awards season campaign starting to turn, a new U.K. trailer has arrived.
Based on the celebrated, best-selling novel by Marcus Zusak, the film stars Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and “Monsieur Lazhar” youngster Sophie Nelisse in the tale of a young girl, living outside Munich during WWII with her foster parents, who has to help hide a Jewish refugee in their home. And it’s the power of words that bonds them all through this difficult time, but it’s also something that could split them apart and threatens their very life.
Striking a tone of heartwarming uplift, this surely isn’t your typical WWII movie, and we reckon the emphasis that the film comes from the same studio as “Life Of Pi” is there for a reason. Whether it all works is for critics to decide, but we’ll find out soon enough as the film opens on November 8th. Trailer and clip below.