NO PLACE ON EARTH, producer
/director Janet Tobias recounts the tale of a group of men, women and children who went into hiding in the safest place they could find, and in the process endured the longest uninterrupted underground survival in recorded human history.
Agnieszka Holland managed it marvelously with her last year's "Oscar"-nominated narrative-based-on-fact, In Darkness. (TrustMovies and the filmmaker talk about this is the Q&A that follows this review, and Ms Tobias's reasoning does indeed make sense.)
Katalin Lábán, above, as Esther Stermer) -- and the recreations are believable, as well. (These are so much better than those recreations seen in last year's documentary Orchestra of Exiles.) But there are simply so many of them, and they go on for so long that this particular hybrid combination of narrative and documentary seems, at best, off-balance.
Magnolia Pictures and running 84 minutes, opens this Friday, April 5, in New York City at the Angelika and Elinor Bunin Munroe film centers. The following week it opens in California and elsewhere, and then further across the country in the weeks to come. You can see all playdates, cities and theaters by clicking here.
We spoke with filmmaker Janet Tobias by telephone, and below is what we covered, with TrustMovies appearing in boldface and Ms Tobias in standard type.