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.