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No Mans Land
Comedy/ War /Drama   97 minutes

shown February  2003

"A Bosnian and a Serb are trapped in a trench in no man's land with a booby-trapped soldier. The UN and the world's press arrive to further muddy the waters." (Guardian Unlimited)

"A virtuoso black comedy about the Bosnian conflict circa 1993, writer-director Danis Tanovic's Oscar-winning film displays something of the wit of Joseph Heller's "Catch-22", while also echoing that book's frankness about the absurdities of war."  (BBCi)

On a long summer day, three soldiers, two Bosnian and one Serbian, become trapped between their sides' front lines--and their plight becomes an important statement on how ridiculous war can be. 

Two soldiers, one from each side--Ciki (Branko Djuric), a Bosnian, and Nino (Rene Bitorajac), a Serbian--find themselves stranded in a trench between each other's front lines--a "no man's land" if you will. The two men are sworn enemies but each somehow understands and respects the other's need to survive--for a while, anyway. The tension escalates when Ciki's friend Cera (Filip Sovagovic), whom they thought was dead, turns out to be alive-and lying on top of a triggered mine in the trench. If Cera moves, it will kill all three men. Meanwhile, neither side--Bosnian nor Serbian--want to take responsibility for the men but instead call in the peacekeeping UNPROFOR for assistance. The UN doesn't want get involved either, but a brave French sergeant, Marchand (Georges Siatidis), takes the initiative anyway and tries to rescue them, bringing a mine squad and the international press along with him. Suddenly the situation becomes a political tug of war. While the UN tries to save face, the press tries to get the story and the soldiers in the trench try to end their differences and save their lives, the insanity of the war proves to be too heavy a burden for them all. 

The atrocities--and absurdities--of the Bosnian war are tough subjects, but in the hands of Bosnian filmmaker Danis Tanovic, No Man's Land deals with them in a satirical and poignant manner. 
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Horror and the blackest humour combine in an Oscar-winning thriller about Yugoslavia's civil war . 
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