fb.indiewire.com While it was momentarily an awards season contender thanks solely to studio-willed exposure, WWII drama “The Book Thief” nonetheless sputtered out upon its US release, never quite connecting with critics or fans of the best-selling book by Markus Zusak. As the Oscars played out this past weekend with only John Williams’ score gaining a nod, a post-mortem was inevitable—and now the films screenwriter has spoken up first.

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Based on the beloved bestselling book, THE BOOK THIEF is narrated by Death and set in Nazi Germany - a place and time when, as the narrator notes, he was extremely busy. Under the watchful eye and caustic musings of Death, a young girl named Liesel embarks upon a journey marked by discovery, courage, friendship - and the power to triumph over the most daunting obstacles.

"The Book Thief" stars Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush, and Sophie Nélisse.

Directed by Brian Percival.
Written by Michael Petroni.
Produced by Karen Rosenfelt.
Production company/distributor: 20th Century Fox.

Release Date: November 08, 2013