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No Man's Land (2001)

Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1993 at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides. Two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict, Nino and Ciki, become trapped in no man's land, whilst a third soldier becomes a living booby trap.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Filip Sovagovic ...
Serge-Henri Valcke ...
Sacha Kremer ...
Alain Eloy ...
Old Serbian soldier
Bogdan Diklic ...
Serbian officer
Branko Zavrsan ...
Djuro Utjesanovic ...
Bosnian guide
Mirza Tanovic ...
Bosnian officer


After various skirmishes, two wounded soldiers, one Bosnian and one Serb, confront each other in a trench in the no man's land between their lines. They wait for dark, trading insults and even finding some common ground; sometimes one has the gun, sometimes the other, sometimes both. Things get complicated when another wounded Bosnian comes to, but can't move because a bouncing mine is beneath him. The two men cooperate to wave white flags, their lines call the UN (whose high command tries not to help), an English reporter shows up, a French sergeant shows courage, and the three men in no man's land may or may not find a way to all get along. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Ničija zemlja  »

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Box Office


FRF 14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,645 (USA) (7 December 2001)


$1,059,830 (USA) (24 May 2002)

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Did You Know?


Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


When the disposal expert examines the bomb his visor is up. See more »


[Nino points a gun at Chiki]
Nino: Now... tell me. Who started the war?
Chiki: [long pause] We did.
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Featured in The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002) See more »


Written and Sung by Danis Tanovic
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All I can say is: SEE IT NOW!
26 January 2002 | by (sweden) – See all my reviews

I saw this early this morning at the a film festival in Gotemburg.The director was there and all.It´s a very frightening anti-war film that has three main characters two of them are Bosnian´s and one of them is a Serb.They are soldiers but also normal men.And war makes hate.This is a very symbolic film I would call a masterpiece.Those three persons together shows what war is:HELL.

The director Danis Tanovic himself says that it´s of course about just this war but it´s not like if you see this film in ten years you wont understand it.During their time on no man´s land they are civil to each other but the conflict continues and in the end that´s what is most important.The final scene of the film is superb.

A film that will go to film history.Worth to see by everyone.5/5

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