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No Place on Earth -- A cave exploration in the Ukraine leads to the unearthing of a story of World War II survivors who once found shelter in the same cave.

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An incredible story of strength and survival.
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Saul Stermer ... Himself
Sam Stermer ... Himself
Sonia Dodyk ... Herself
Sima Dodyk ... Herself
Yetta Stermer ... Herself
Sol Wexler ... Himself

Chris Nicola ... Himself
Erin Grunstein Halpern ... Herself: Mataré
Cliff Stermer ... Himself

Katalin Lábán ... Esther Stermer (as Kati Laban)
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
Nóra Kovács ... Yetta Stermer
Bernadett Sára Borlai ... Hannah Stermer
Péter Zsömbelyi ... Zaide Stermer (as Zsömboy P&eacute'ter)
Norbert Gogan ... Louie Wexler
Réka Gavaldi ... Leiche Wexler
Zucker Emanuell ... Fischel Dodyk
Viktória Szilágyi ... Henia Dodyk
Paul Laikin ... Usher Metzger
Györgyi Bíró ... Woman 1
Erzsébet Baczakó ... Woman 2
Tamás Mencsik ... Ukrainian Policeman / Gestapo / Villager 1
András Máté Gomori ... Ukrainian Policeman / Gestapo / Villager 2
László Tamás ... Extra Man 1 (Family Member)
Szabolcs Fábián ... Extra Man 2 (Family Member)
Laszlo Hornok ... Extra Man 3
Krisztina Pudics ... Mrs.Mirawald
István Major ... Ukrainian Policeman / Gestapo / Villager 3
Gusztáv Nemes ... Hersh Barad
Attiláné Varga ... Hersh Barad Wife (as Mrs. Attila Varga)
David Kabelitz ... Boy in Cave / Child Playing (as David Kabolitz)
Dániel Koller ... Boy in Cave / Barad Child 1
Panna Júlia Moldován ... Barad Child 2 (as Penna J&uacute'lia Moldovan)
Petra Forenezy ... Child Playing
Anna Luca Agócs ... Child Playing (as Anna Luca Agocs)
Dóra Hegedüs ... Child PLaying
Borsika Kincsö Illés ... Teenage Girl 1
Sara Shaltout ... Teenage Girl 2
Attila Kárpáti ... Photographer (as Attila Karpati)
András Fohér ... Ukranian Man
Józsefné Szohn ... Old Ukrainian Woman (as Mrs. József Szohn)
Dániel István Varga ... Sol's Friend in Snow (as Istavan Daniel Varga)
Joel Uri ... Child

Barbara Rosenblat ... Esther Stermer (voice)
Bence Gerö ... Sol Wexler (voice)
Seth Purlman ... Caver: Slovakia
Chris Beauchamp ... Caver: Slovakia (as Christopher Beaucamp)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Balázs Barna ... Man (uncredited)
István Bíró ... Villager (uncredited)
Norbert Danko ... Himself (uncredited)
Felícián Keresztes ... Ukrainian Police (uncredited)
Sebastian Csaba Kiss ... Ukrainian Man (uncredited)
Ákos Kovács ... Villager / Farmer (uncredited)
Nándor Lovas ... Ukrainian Man (uncredited)
Tamás Polgár ... Ukrainian Man (uncredited)
Gustav Stibranyi ... Himself (uncredited)
Sergey Yepiphanov ... Himself (uncredited)
Ágoston Zsombor ... Ukrainian Man (uncredited)
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Directed by
Janet Tobias 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Janet Tobias (written by) &
Paul Laikin (written by)

Esther Stermer (based on the memoir "We Fight to Survive" by)

Produced by
Susan Barnett .... producer
J. Flint Davis .... executive producer
Jeff Field .... executive producer (as Jeffrey H. Field)
Zita Kisgergely .... producer
Paul Laikin .... producer
Rafael Marmor .... producer
David McKillop .... executive producer
Andrew O'Connell .... executive producer
Timm Oberwelland .... executive producer
Steven Ruchefsky .... executive producer
Nadav Schirman .... producer
Abigail Spindel .... associate producer: Ukraine
Molly Thompson .... executive producer
Janet Tobias .... producer
Hubert von Spreti .... co-producer
Susan Werbe .... executive producer
Thomas Weymar .... co-producer
Katja Wildermuth .... co-producer
Katja Zink .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Piscitello 
 
Cinematography by
César Charlone 
Eduard Grau 
Sean Kirby 
Peter Simonite 
 
Film Editing by
Deirdre Slevin 
Claus Wehlisch 
 
Makeup Department
Mónika Bulyáki .... hair stylist: Hungary
Andrea Flesch .... key hair stylist: Hungary
Ágnes Horváth .... assistant makeup artist: Hungary (as Ági Horváth)
Éva Kozma .... assistant makeup artist: Hungary
Ágoston Zsombor .... key makeup artist: Hungary
 
Production Management
Andrea Ausztrics .... production manager: Slovakia
Gershon Hinkson .... post-production supervisor
Susan Kennedy .... production manager
Felícián Keresztes .... production manager: Hungary
Mónika Nagy .... production manager: Hungary
Evgeniy Pugachev .... production supervisor: Ukraine
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nádja Andrasev .... second assistant director: Hungary
Susan Barnett .... director: behind the scenes, Ukraine
Ilya Farfell .... assistant director: Ukraine
Rob Franklin .... assistant director: Slovakia
Nándor Lovas .... first assistant director: Hungary
Zac Nicholson .... second unit director: Hungary
María Sosa Betancor .... second assistant director: Hungary
 
Art Department
Gary Burns .... carpenter: Ukraine
Balázs Bálint .... assistant property master: Hungary
Niki Chan .... additional graphic artist
Caroline Flindell .... additional graphic artist
Rhys Griffin .... additional graphic artist
Gyula Herjeczki .... set construction head: Hungary
Jason Jameson .... additional graphic artist
Panni Lutter .... set dresser: Hungary
Imola Láng .... art director: Hungary
Tamás Polgár .... property master: Hungary
Tamás Szabó .... assistant construction: Hungary
 
Sound Department
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
David Briggs .... supervising dialogue editor
Ferenc Bukovszky .... sound engineer: Hungary (as Furi Bukovszky)
Linzy Elliot .... sound editor
Csongor Fazekas .... sound engineer: Hungary
Anton Gold .... sound mixer: North America
Anton Gold .... sound mixer: Ukraine
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Max Green .... sound editor
Alan Hill .... sound engineer
Giles Khan .... sound mixer: North America (as Giles Kahn)
Elijah Lawson .... sound mixer: Ukraine
Ottó Oláh .... sound assistant: Hungary
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer
Tom Ryan .... foley mixer
Tom Ryan .... sound editor
Tom Ryan .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Silvestri .... sound mixer: North America (as Michael Silvestri)
Alex Soto .... sound editor
Wen Hsuan Tseng .... foley editor
Gabor Vadnay .... sound mixer: North America
 
Special Effects by
György Cseh .... assistant special effects: Hungary
Endre Korda .... special effects supervisor: Hungary
Sebastian Csaba Kiss .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
David Isyomin .... visual effects supervisor: & Company (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Beauchamp .... additional cinematography (as Christopher Beauchamp)
Chris Beauchamp .... still photographer (as Christopher BEauchamp)
Balz Biellmann .... grip: North America (as Baltz Bielman)
Fabio Burtin .... camera operator: Canon SD, Ukraine
Fabio Burtin .... first assistant camera: Ukraine
Christian Caperaa .... first assistant camera: North Amnerica
Boris Dogtyarvov .... best boy: Ukraine
Adam Feeney .... first assistant camera: Slovakia
Zsolt Fehér .... camera assistant: Hungary
Rob Franklin .... additional cinematography (as Robert Franklin)
Dávid Gerencsér .... second assistant camera: Hungary
Yuriy Grigorenko .... gaffer: Ukraine
András Hámori .... best boy: Hungary
Gábor Inczédy .... grip: Hungary
Gábor Iváncsik .... best boy: Hungary
Róbert Jász .... key grip: Hungary
András Khin .... steadicam operator
Gusztáv Kirsch .... camera assistant: Hungary
Péter Kotschy .... camera assistant: Hungary
András Kovács .... grip: Hungary
Tibor Kun .... electrician: Hungary
Zac Nicholson .... second unit cinematographer
Krisztián Paluch .... gaffer: Hungary
Pal Paluch .... key grip: Hungary
Filipp Penson .... first assistant camera: North America
Kristóf Párdányi .... first assistant camera: Hungary
David Rondzik .... electrician: Hungary
Ted William Ross .... grip: North America (as Ted Ross)
Alex Rovalev .... generator operator: Ukraine
Bálint Seress .... digital imaging technician: Hungary
Attila Szilágyi .... digital imaging technician: Hungary
Dmitry Tartishnikov .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Ukraine
Paulo Cesar Toledo .... digital imaging technician: Ukraine (as Paulo Toledo)
András Udvardi .... first assistant camera: Hungary
Balázs Vákár .... gaffer: Hungary
Lászlo Vákár .... gaffer: Hungary
Ákos Gulyás .... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
'Kis Gromek' László Molnár .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Mária Boros .... casting director: Hungary
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Izabell Janositz .... costume supervisor: Hungary (as Iza Jánositz)
Zita Mészáros .... costume assistant: HGungary
Orsolya Rideg .... costume assistant: Hungary (as Orai Rideg)
Andrea Flesch .... costume designer: Hungary (uncredited)
Kriszta Szakos .... dresser (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Alexander Berner .... additional editing
Christian G. Farfan .... conform assistant
Joe Gawler .... colorist
Mia Iverson .... digital intermediate graphic artist
Lara Keszler .... assistant editor
Sookjun Lee .... digital intermediate graphic artist
Julie Monroe .... additional editing
Rhonda L. Moore .... digital intermediate producer (as Rhonda Moore)
John Tissavary .... conform editor
Zac Nicholson .... editor: additional segment for broadcast (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Belinda Broughton .... concert master
Tim Davies .... conductor
Dave Eggar .... musician: cello, 'The Cave Knows'
Robert Fernandez .... score mixer
Robert Fernandez .... score recordist
Benjamin Fingland .... musician: clarinet, 'The Cave Knows'
Fred Hersch .... musician: piano, 'The Cave Knows'
The Hollywood Studio Symphony .... musicians: score performed by
Steve Juliani .... music preparation
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Alan Steinberger .... musician: piano
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Jeff Tinsley .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Zsolt Bajczar .... driver: film bus
Gergely Lányi .... driver: Hungary
Zsolt Somogyi .... transportation: Hungary
 
Other crew
Nancy Adams .... production accounting (as Nancy L. Adams)
Shane B. Baker .... adr voice actor
Luká Bonicky .... assisting caver: Slovakia
Gary Burns .... caver: Ukraine
Niki Chan .... titles
Kate Chapman .... production assistant: North America
Joe Cunningham .... production assistant: North America
Norbert Danko .... assisting caver: Slovakia
Norbert Danko .... search and rescue: Ukraine
Alexander Dunai .... fixer: Ukraine
Andrey Dunai .... translator: Ukraine
Fatime Dévényi .... caterer: Hungary
Danid Naftali Ejdelman .... adr voice actor
Caroline Flindell .... titles
Moritz Fortmann .... adr voice actor
Réka Gavaldi .... translator: Hungary
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel: Gray Krauss Stratford Des Rochers
Rhys Griffin .... titles
Zsolt Hammerl .... caterer: Hungary
Yuriy Hiojuk .... caving specialist: Ukraine
Andrew Hurwitz .... legal services: distribution and financing, Frankfurt Kurnit Klen & Selz
Jason Jameson .... titles
Nikolas Jansen .... adr voice actor
Alasdair Kano .... caving rigger: Slovakia
Sasha Karasova .... production assistant: Ukraine
Felícián Keresztes .... location manager: Hungary
Lenny Khmel .... adr voice actor
Ostap Kin .... adr voice actor
Svetlana Kovalyk .... translator: Ukraine
Agnes Kulik .... office production assistant: Hungary
Dennis Kuznetsov .... caving specialist: Ukraine
Rogger Lopez .... production coordinator
Adi Mahalel .... adr voice actor
Svitlana Makhno .... adr voice actor
Vasyl Makhno .... adr voice actor
Caraid O'Brien .... adr voice actor
Vitaliy Ostapenko .... caving specialist: Ukraine
Seth Purlman .... caving cpnsultant
Hermann Pölking .... archival researcher
Philip Rykwalder .... caving consultant
Philip Rykwalder .... caving logistics: Ukraine
Richárd Rácz .... on-set production assistant: Hungary
Linn Sackarnd .... archival researcher
Alan Sacks .... legal services: distribution and financing, Frankfurt Kurnit Klen & Selz
Daneel Schaechter .... adr voice actor
Reyna Schaechter .... adr voice actor
Temma Schaechter .... adr voice actor
Amanda Beth Seigel .... adr voice actor
Christina Skoropad .... translator: Ukraine
Yaroslav Skybohyk .... medical doctor: Ukraine
Gustav Stibranyi .... caving consultant
Gustav Stibranyi .... caving logistics: Slovakia
Gustav Stibranyi .... search and rescue: Ukraine
Kristin Stoffels .... assistant to director: Hungary
Peter Suster .... assisting caver: Slovakia
Stefan Suster .... assisting caver: Slovakia
Bjorn Technau .... adr voice actor
Christina Toms .... production assistant: North America
Sergey Yepiphanov .... caving specialist: Ukraine
Tanya Yozmakova .... caving specialist: Ukraine
Veronika László .... production coordinator (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including brief violent images
Runtime:
83 min
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25 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A deeply moving film about how 38 Jews survived the Holocaust in underground caves in Ukraine for over 500 days, 11 September 2012
Author: Daniel Mandelbaum from Toronto

As John Anderson of "Variety" rightly notes, "this film defies the notion that the era has been exhausted of its stories, or the ways they can be told..." (http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117948276/). The interchange between graphic re-enactment, interviews of the survivors still with us today, and narrative of caver Chris Nicola, elevate this story from one about mere survival to one about the strength of the human spirit and the value of life.

Producers Janet Tobias, Rafael Marmor, Paul Laikin, Nadav Schirman, Susan Barnett, and Zita Kisgergely do more than depict a story. Like the family of 38 Jews escaping Nazi death camps and ghettos, we are led by the courageous matriarch of the family, Esther Stermer, into the deep underground of Ukraine.

In defiance of the myths of science-fiction/horrors about the underworld, the matriarch teaches us the truth about the worlds above and below ground in 1940s Europe; the real daemons are to be found up there, while the crutch of life and human spirit is found down below. And when the horror from above tries to come down below, it is confronted with the most powerful living spirit of them all - the spirit of a mother determined to protect her family.

The cinematography complements the telling of this story wonderfully. In the darkness of the caves, dimly lit candles bring hope; black-and-white historical videos and the grey tones from a clouded over sky infuse reality into the setting of the horror-world of the above; and the brightness and beauty of the spring blossom in the heart of the war provide a poetic irony that foretells of a coming heartbreak.

The detail of the costume design – from broken buttons and worn shoe-laces to the mud and dirt covered white shirts of the eldest Stermer sons to the impenetrable headscarf of the matriarch – add more than mere richness, but a believability that matches the real-life outfits worn by the cavers.

Finally, the devil is truly in the detail of the hair and head-to-toe make-up, which give off the festering scent of rot, mud and soak, and serve as a constant reminder that this is a story of real people trying to survive a world in which hell had no barriers, and deserved no place on earth.

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