TIFF ’12: Magnolia picks up “No Place on Earth”

No Place on Earth (pictured), a documentary about a group of Ukrainian Jews who survived World War Two by hiding in caves for 18 months, will get a theatrical run in the U.S. in 2013 via distributor Magnolia Pictures.
September 13, 2012

Magnolia Pictures has acquired the U.S. theatrical rights to History Films’ documentary No Place on Earth (pictured), which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this week.

Produced by History Films and directed by first-time filmmaker Janet Tobias, the doc recounts the story of 38 Ukrainian Jews who avoided being captured by the Nazis during World War Two by hiding in caves for 18 months. Billed as the “longest-recorded sustained underground survival,” the tale unfolds through interviews with the survivors as well as caving enthusiast Chris Nicola.

No Place on Earth was produced by Tobias, Rafael Marmor, Paul Laikin, Nadav Schirman, Susan Barnett and Zita Kisgergely. The deal was negotiated by Submarine’s Josh Braun and David Koh, and Magnolia’s senior VP of acquisitions Dori Begley. Magnolia plans to release the film in 2013. History Films owns the U.S. TV rights.

The pact marks the fourth TIFF deal completed today, following agreements for How to Make Money Selling Drugs, The End of Time and Casting By.


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