Young Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse) loves books, so much so that she steals them to read -- a dangerous business in 1939 Germany. What's more dangerous, though, is when her caretakers (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson) bring in a young Jewish man named Max Vandenburg (Ben Schnetzer) whom they hide in the basement.
"The Book Thief" is slowly gathering awards season buzz, and the studio Fox 2000 took out a two-page ad for the movie in the "New York Times." The ad, however, was almost totally blank except for the address of the official movie website and the regular "Times" header.
According to a "Times" press release, "The underlying message of the advertising campaign, 'imagine a world without words,' echoes the film's narrative, which follows a young girl in WWII Nazi Germany who begins to steal books from war-torn areas and share them with others." It was the first time that the paper has run two "seemingly blank" pages in a row, in the main news section.
There will be a sneak peek screening of "The Book Thief" at the Forever Fest in Austin November 3, with Zusak in attendance.
"The Book Thief" hits theaters November 8.