No Place On Earth – 2013 (documetary)

Janet Tobias’s forthcoming documentary ‘No Place On Earth’ is not a horror film but much rather attempts to trace the real life horror encountered by several Jewish families hiding in a cave system in the Ukraine for more than a year, living underground in darkness to evade capture by the Nazis. While the documentary is factual, as it should be, we think it still belongs on our site, because horror is not just a genre and fictional stories. It exists, first and foremost, in real life. Come inside for more info and the official trailer.

‘No Place On Earth’ brings to light the untold story of thirty-eight Ukrainian Jews who survived World War II by living in caves for eighteen months, the longest-recorded sustained underground survival. Built upon interviews with former cave inhabitants, as well as Chris Nicola, the caving enthusiast who unearthed the story, ‘No Place On Earth’ is an extraordinary testament to ingenuity, willpower and endurance against all odds.

While mapping out the largest cave system in Ukraine, explorer and investigator Chris Nicola discovers evidence that five Jewish families spent nearly a year and a half in the pitch-black caves to escape the Nazis. This is the story of the longest uninterrupted underground survival in recorded human history.

In October 1942, Esther Stermer, the matriarch of a Jewish family in the Ukraine, leads her family underground to hide from the pursuing Nazis – and stays nearly a year and a half. Their harrowing story of survival living in near total darkness in two cold, damp caves is one like no other ever told. It was life in like in ‘No Place On Earth’.

‘No Place On Earth’ will start in New York at the Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center and the Angelika Film Center on April 5 and, shortly after, on April 12 in Los Angeles. For screening dates in many more cities across the country, check the listings on Magnolia’s dedicated page right here or follow the link below..

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Director: Janet Tobias

Cast:
Chris Nicola – (himself)
Saul Stermer – (himself)
Sam Stermer – (himself)
Sonia Dodyk – (himself)
Sima Dodyk – Herself
Katalin Lábán – Esther Stermer
Péter Balázs Kiss – Saul Stermer
Dániel Hegedüs – Sol Wexler
Balázs Barna Hídvégi – Nissel Stermer
Fruzsina Pelikán – Sonia Dodyk
András Orosz – Sam Stermer
Mira Bonelli – Sima Dodyk
Norbert Gogan – Louie Wexler
Réka Gavaldi – Leiche
Zucker Emanuell – Fischel Dodyk
László Tamás – Family Member
Szabolcs Fábián – Family Member
Viktória Szilágyi – Henia
Bernadett Sára Borlai – Hannah
Nóra Kovács – Yetta
Péter Zsömbelyi – Zaide Stermer
Borsika Kincsö Illés – Teenage girl in cave
Sara Shaltout – Teenage girl in cave
Gusztáv Nemes – Hersch Barad
Attiláné Varga – Mrs. Barad
Panna Júlia Moldován – Barad child
Dániel Koller – Barad child
Annamária Nagy – Mrs. Mirawald
Anna Luca Agócs – Child in village
Gergely Andó – Policeman
Erzsébet Baczakó – Woman in cave
Balázs Barna – Man
Tamás Bohus – Villager
Róbert Bross – Policeman
Györgyi Bíró – Woman in cave
István Bíró – Villager
Ferenc Bódis – Villager / Farmer
Norbert Danko – (himself)
Bence Gerö – Sol Wexler (voice)
András Máté Gomori – Ukrainian Police / Gestapo / Villager
Dóra Hegedüs – Child in village
David Kabelitz – Child in village
Felícián Keresztes – Ukrainian Police
István Kiss – Ukrainian Man
Sebastian Csaba Kiss – Ukrainian man
Zsolt Kovács – Villager / Farmer
Ákos Kovács – Villager / Farmer
Attila Kárpáti – Photographer
Nándor Lovas – Ukrainian Man
István Major – Ukrainian Police / Gestapo / Villager
Tamás Mencsik – Ukrainian Police / Gestapo / Villager
Zoltán Ondi-Kiss – Villager
Tamás Polgár – Ukrainian man
Krisztina Pudics – Villager
Beáta Pálvölgyi – Villager
Tünde Stefáni – Villager
Gustav Stibranyi – (himself)
Józsefné Szohn – Old Ukrainian woman
Norbert Szücs – Villager / Farmer
Imre Temszki – Villager / Farmer
László Torma – Villager
Dániel István Varga – Boy with Sol Wexler
Zsolt Vass – Villager / Farmer
Csaba Vitális – Munko
János Várfalvi – Villager / Farmer
Sergey Yepiphanov – (himself)
Ágoston Zsombor – Ukrainian man

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