By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire September 13, 2012 at 3:54PM
Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. theatrical distribution rights to the documentary “No Place on Earth,” which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival Monday. The company plans a 2013 theatrical release.
Directed by former “60 Minutes” and “Nightline” producer Janet Tobias, “No Place on Earth” tells the incredible story of 38 Ukrainian Jews who survived World War II by living in underground caves for 18 months. The film includes interviews with survivors and Chris Nicola, the caving enthusiast who discovered the story.
Rafael Marmor produced the project along with Tobias, Paul Laikin, Nadav Schirman, Susan Barnett and Zita Kisgergely. History Films, which produced, retains U.S. TV rights.
"‘No Place on Earth’ is an incredibly moving and thrilling story, told with real eloquence and gripping excitement," said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. "Janet Tobias has powerfully brought to life a stunning chapter of history that will resonate with audiences of all kinds."
Magnolia acquisitions exec Dori Begley negotiated the deal with Josh Braun and David Koh of Submarine Entertainment.
Magnolia has recently released “Melancholia,” “Marley,” “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” and “Compliance.” Forthcoming releases include the “Deadfall,” “The Hunt” and “Nobody Walks.”