No Man’s Land

No Man’s Land Poster

The grim futility of the war between Bosnia and Serbia is reduced to its essence as two enemy soldiers are forced to share a wary trust for one another in this drama.

A group of Bosnian soldiers are advancing upon Serbian territory during a misty night when the fog lifts at daybreak, making them plainly visible to their enemy. Serb forces open fire upon them, and soon only Čiki (Branko Djuric) is still alive, after diving into a trench in no man’s land.

Two Serbian soldiers scouting the area set up a land mine using the body of a Bosnian soldier as ‘bait’; if moved, the mine will jump into the air and explode. Čiki watches as the soldiers set the trap, and furious at the disrespect to his fallen comrades, he kills one of the Serbs and takes the other, Nino (Rene Bitorajac), hostage. With both soldiers alone and equally armed, they find themselves at a stalemate and begin trying to attract help from either side.

Eventually, the two men are found by a squadron of French soldiers attached to a U.N. peacekeeping unit; now held by supposedly neutral forces, Čiki and Nino are with the French troops when it’s discovered that the dead Bosnian soldier isn’t dead after all, though no one is sure how to disarm the mine without killing him in the process.

No Man’s Land was the debut feature of Bosnian writer and director Danis Tanovic.

The film won 42 awards, including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2002, the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay, the European Film Academy Award for Best Screenplay, the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, the Cesar Award for Best Debut.

With special guest: Lead actor Branko Djuric (Čiki), who was nominated at the European Film Awards in 2001 for Best Actor.

Language: Bosnian with English subtitles
Duration: 98 minutes
Rating: 15

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