Fox 2000 Pictures has released a trailer for their WWII drama The Book Thief based on the internationally best-selling novel by Markus Zusak. The story, narrated by Death, centres on Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken at age 9 to live with a foster family in a German working-class neighborhood. Liesel arrives having just stolen her first book, “The Gravediggers Handbook” which changes her life forever.
The film stars Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nélisse, and Ben Schnetzer. The screenplay was adapted from the book by Michael Petroni (The Rite, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader), and directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey). It opens States-side on November 15th, followed by a release in Europe during early 2014.
The majority of the novel takes place in the fictional town of Molching, Germany, near Munich, between 1939 and 1943. Death narrates the story of Liesel Meminger, beginning when she is nine years old and suffering from the death of her brother and separation from her mother. Liesel goes to live with Hans and Rosa Hubermann at 33 Himmel Street in Molching. When Liesel arrives, she can’t read and is made fun of in school. She realizes how powerless she is without words, and so Hans, a painter and accordion player, teaches her how to read during midnight lessons in the basement, reading from the book Liesel took from her brother’s burial: The Grave Digger’s Handbook. During Liesel’s early days with the Hubermanns, she has nightmares and Hans sits with her through the night. With his gentle demeanor and his accordion playing, Hans gains Liesel’s trust as she grows close to him and comes to associate his presence with safety. She becomes very good friends with Rudy Steiner, the Hubermanns’ neighbor. Rudy is constantly trying to get Liesel to kiss him, but she always refuses.
Source: The Film Stage