In October 1942, Esther Stermer, along with family members and other families, sought asylum underground to evade being caught by pursuing Nazis. They remained hidden below for nearly a year and a half. The film tells their story and documents the survivors’ return to their village 60 years later.
No Place On Earth premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and released in theaters with Magnolia Pictures in April 2013. We recorded the orchestral score in Los Angeles. For woodwinds we used alto flute, clarinet, and bassoon. The only brass were french horns. Harp and piano augmented the string ensemble, and it was all augmented by synth layers form my rig. We recorded the whole score in a single day (and you can listen to the Varese Sarabande soundtrack on iTunes).
Rotten Tomatoes scored the film 79% fresh with 39 critics’ reviews:
- Variety: “A substantial contribution to Holocaust cinema.”
- LA Times: “Add one more extraordinary survival tale to the canon of Holocaust documentaries”.
- The Playlist also covered the 2013 theatrical release and ran a clip.
Here are soundtrack highlights on Soundcloud:
No Place On Earth Trailer: