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European Film Festival, Kilkenny.
Next festival: 24 — 31 Nov 2014


European Film Festival, Kilkenny. Next festival: 24 — 31 Nov 2014

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No Man’s Land Dir. Danis Tanovic

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, UK, Belgium, France, Italy
  • 98 mins
  • 2001
  • Drama/War
  • Colour

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    Original Title: Ničija zemlja
    Language: Bosnian, English, French, German
    Writer: Danis Tanovic
    Main Cast: Branko Djuric, Rene Bitorajac, Georges Siatidis

    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…

    Maggie O’Kane was the Guardian’s frontline reporter during the Bosnian war, and in a 2002 article she paid tribute to No Man’s Land, the first film to capture the horror of the conflict:

    “… the reason why Danis Tanovic’s film is different is because he lived his war. He spent two years in the trenches where his film is set. It tells the story of two soldiers, one Bosnian, one Serb, who end up stranded in the same trench, next to the booby-trapped body of another soldier. Into the tragic farce comes the heroic French UN sergeant, followed by the press, poised to turn UN impotency into an international incident.

    The result, No Man’s Land, is without doubt the best film made so far about the Bosnian war. Tanovic was one of the Bosnian army’s official cameramen and his film captures not only the fighting but also the other factors that compound the horror of those years. It explores the political spinning – the way the media was controlled to feed viewers with a distorted view of the conflict…”

    Read the full article here

    Winner of a staggering forty-two awards, among them, the Best Foreign Language Oscar 2001

The Bottom Line:

Although laced with great comic moments, there are images and scenes from this film that will haunt you long after you leave the cinema. Won an Oscar in 2001.

The futility of war and all the nonsensical bureaucracy surrounding it are exposed in this brilliant satire. What's so original about this war film is that most of the fighting and manoeuvring is not depicted through combat, but through words and all the while it will make you want to laugh out loud in disbelief and cry in frustration.

Pádraic Delaney, Actor

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