CINEMA, SOUL IN THE EYES
organization Art Promotion

NO MAN’S LAND / Nikogaršnje ozemlje

 

Bosnia-Erzegovina – 2001 – 35mm – color – 98’

 
Direction: Danis Tanović
Screenplay: Danis Tanović
Photography: Walther Van Den Ende
Editing: Francesca Calvelli
Set design: Duško Milavec
Music: Danis Tanović
Costumes: Zvonka Makuc
Cast: Branko Djurić, Rene Bitorajac, Filip Šovagović, George Siatidis, Serge Henri Valcke, Kathrin Cartlidge, Simon Callow, Alain Eloy, Sascha Kremer, Tanja Ribič, Branko Završan, Mustafa Nadarević, Djuro Utješanović, Mirza Tanović, Bora Stjepanović, Almir Kurt
Producers: Frédérique Dumas-Zaj, Marc Baschet, Cédomir Kolar
Production: Casablanca, in coproduction with Noé Productions, Man’s Film Productions, Judy Couniham Films Limited, Studio Maj, Fabrica Cinema

 

SYNOPSIS

A Bosnian and a Serbian soldier are trapped in an abandoned trench in a neutral zone. As they squabble about whose fault the war is, they realise that they have both known the same girl back home. The discovery of a fully primed “spring mine” positioned under an injured soldier puts them in a tense stand off, which the western media exploits, whilst the UN’s “peacekeeping forces” led by incompetent army officer Simon Callow, are powerless to intervene.

 

CRITICAL NOTE

“(…) The film is exciting in two big ways: its simplicity of story (Tanović does not get bogged down trying to give us an epic history) and the breadth of Tanović’s vision. He takes a compelling situation and renders it with humanity and absurdity — and also with inside knowledge of the bigger picture. We come away with a new understanding of the specific psychology and reality of that war, its singular madness. (…)” (Mick LaSalle, Chronicle Movie Critic)

 

AWARDS

2001 Cannes FF – Competition: Best Screenplay
2001 European Film Awards: Best Screenplay
2002 Oscar:  Best Foreign Language Film