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No Man's Land -- Two soldiers, a Bosnian and a Serbian, become trapped in a trench between their armies' lines.


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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Branko Djuric ... Ciki

Rene Bitorajac ... Nino
Filip Sovagovic ... Cera

Georges Siatidis ... Marchand
Serge-Henri Valcke ... Dubois
Sacha Kremer ... Michel
Alain Eloy ... Pierre

Mustafa Nadarevic ... Old Serbian soldier
Bogdan Diklic ... Serbian officer

Simon Callow ... Soft

Katrin Cartlidge ... Jane Livingstone

Tanja Ribic ... Martha
Branko Zavrsan ... Deminer
Djuro Utjesanovic ... Bosnian guide
Mirza Tanovic ... Bosnian officer
Boro Stjepanovic ... Bosnian soldier
Almir Kurt ... Bosnian soldier
Ratko Ristic ... Bosnian soldier
Peter Sedmak ... Bosnian soldier
Sasa Petrovic ... Bosnian soldier (as Aleksandar Petrovic)
Boris Cindric ... Miralem
Danijel Smon ... Serbian officer #2
Peter Prikratki ... Serbian soldier
Primoz Ranik ... Cameraman
Jure Plesec ... Mark
Gordon Wilson ... John
Maëlys De Rudder ... Olivia
Alan Fairbairn ... Bill
Michel Obenga ... UNPROFOR soldier
Rok Strehovec ... UNPROFOR soldier
Zvone Hribar ... Journalist
Ales Valic ... Journalist
Fred M. Liss ... Journalist
Franc Jakob Rac ... Journalist
Predrag Brestovac ... Rambo
Tadej Troha ... Young Bosnian soldier
Primoz Petkovsek ... Serbian lieutenant (barricade)
Janez Habic ... Serbian soldier (barricade)
Matej Bizjak ... Boy accordionist
Marinko Prga ... Serbian soldier
Darjan Gorela ... Serbian soldier
Srecko Djumber ... Serbian soldier (as Srecko Dzumber)
Uros Tatomir ... Serbian sergeant
Matej Recer ... Bosnian officer (barricade)
Matija Bulatovic ... Bosnian soldier (barricade)
Uros Fürst ... Bosnian soldier (barricade) (as Uros Furst)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Radovan Karadzic ... Himself (with François Mitterrand) (archive footage) (uncredited)
François Mitterrand ... Himself (with Karadzic) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Danis Tanovic 
Writing credits
Danis Tanovic (written by)

Produced by
Marc Baschet .... producer
Judy Counihan .... co-producer
Frédérique Dumas-Zajdela .... producer
Marion Hänsel .... co-producer
Dunja Klemenc .... co-producer
Cédomir Kolar .... producer
Marco Mueller .... co-producer
Igor Pedicek .... co-producer
Cat Villiers .... co-producer
Original Music by
Danis Tanovic 
Cinematography by
Walther van den Ende  (as Walther Vanden Ende)
Film Editing by
Francesca Calvelli 
Production Design by
Dusan Milavec 
Costume Design by
Zvonka Makuc 
Makeup Department
Nancy Beaudoux .... makeup artist: Belgium (as Nancy Baudoux)
Mirjam Kavcic .... makeup artist
Jelka Lebeh .... makeup assistant
Martina Subic-Dodocic .... makeup department head (as Tina Subic)
Production Management
Mathieu Bompoint .... post-production supervisor
Francesca Cima .... post-production manager
Andreaja Hodzic .... production supervisor
Tomaz Lehpamer .... production manager
Federico Mariotto .... post-production coordinator
Philippe Valentin .... production supervisor
Valentina Zoppas .... post-production coordinator
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vanja Aljinovic .... first assistant director
Philippe Groff .... assistant director: Belgium
Kolja Saksida .... second assistant director
Martin Turk .... second assistant director
Bostjan Vrhovec .... second assistant director
Art Department
Franci Cilensek .... construction head
Boris Cindric .... set designer
Sandi Dragicevic .... prop master assistant
Milorad Kalanj .... prop master
Gordana Kazic .... prop master assistant
Bojan Kukovic .... prop master assistant
Ursa Loboda .... set designer
Jadranko Palcec .... head painter
Hubert Pouille .... set designer: Belgium
Rudi Pozek .... prop master assistant
Janez Senkinc .... prop master assistant
Branko Vekic .... graphics
Sound Department
Sergio Basili .... foley artist
Michael Billingsley .... sound designer
Emanuela Di Giunta .... sound editor
Alioune Mbow .... boom operator: Belgium (as Alioune MBow)
Henri Morelle .... sound equipment provider
Henri Morelle .... sound
Stéphane Morelle .... boom operator
Massimiliano Normanno .... sound effects recordist
Angelo Raguseo .... sound re-recording mixer
Philipp Sellier .... sound engineer: Belgium (as Philippe Sellier)
Gianluca Basili .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Olivier de Laveleye .... special effects
Anze Flerin .... special fog effects
Marie Pierre Franck .... special effects
Ziga Gorenc .... special effects assistant
Ales Ham .... special effects consultant
Martin Ilersic .... additional special effects
Blaz Jelnikar .... special effects
Marjan Jelnikar .... special effects
Robert Krasovec .... special fog effects
Marko Matak .... special fog effects
Darko Njavro .... special effects
Andrej Novak .... additional special effects
Andrej Nuncija .... additional special effects
Aleksander Pavlin .... special fog effects
Marko Perme .... special effects assistant
Grega Petje .... special fog effects
Domen Saje .... special effects
Kris Theuwis .... head effects man
Chris Thewis .... head effects man: Belgium
Igor Voncina .... special effects
Blaz Zakotnik .... special fog effects
Visual Effects by
Jean-Claude Calais .... visual effects
Pierrot Planckaert .... visual effects (as Pierre Planckaert)
Rok Cvetkov .... stunt coordinator
Ivo Kristof .... stunts
Slaven Petrovic .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ales Belak .... Steadicam operator
Bernard Delville .... first assistant camera: Belgium
Didier Frateur .... first assistant camera
Andrej Gorenc .... electrician
Chris Hacken .... chief electrician
Ivica Katona .... second assistant camera
Miha Kirn .... electrician
Viktor Penezic .... second assistant camera
Tomislav Pinter .... second camera operator
Jernej Prebil .... trainee electrician
Milan Prebil .... electrician
Dirk Van Rampelbergh .... chief electrician: Belgium
Dejan Vekic .... set photographer
Bozo Zdravec .... second assistant camera
Animation Department
Frédéric Casnin .... timing
Patrick Delamotte .... timing
Casting Department
Karmen Basa .... extras casting
Gerda Diddens .... casting: Belgium
Peter Zobec .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emina Kaliman .... dresser (as Emina Kaliman Alisic)
Emira Kaliman .... dresser
Editorial Department
Emanuela Di Giunta .... assistant editor
Giovanna Ritter .... assistant editor
Music Department
Miralem Ovcina .... post-production music assistant: Sarajevo
Samir Foco .... music producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Franc Gruden .... driver
Denis Medved .... driver: military vehicle
Franc Pavlic .... driver
Ivan Seme-Simbi .... driver
Peter Semolic .... driver: military vehicle
Matjaz Zavbi .... driver
Alojz Zuzek .... driver
Robert Zuzek .... driver
Other crew
Alexandra Balesdens .... accountant
Françoise Baranger .... production assistant
Karmen Basa .... production assistant
Christine Berckmans .... production secretary
Ian Burley .... translator
Sanja Cindric .... translator
Ferid Cumurovic .... groupman
Alain Delalande .... translator
Laurent Delville .... caterer: Belgium
Alessandro Favaron .... technical coordinator
Jean-Paul Figasso .... leader: Belgium
Majda Gruden .... production secretary
Stephane Hiegelin .... beta editor: Belgium
Sabine Hubeaux .... beta editor: Belgium
Corinne Iannacone .... production assistant
Dzenid Jaganjac .... making-of
Vanessa Jerrom .... press: France and international
Franc Kes .... caterer
Jozica Kes .... caterer
Viviane Koupogbe .... accountant
Vera Kovacevic .... press: Slovenia
Frane Krnc .... production assistant
Mitja Kunstelj .... armorer
Simon Lacault .... production trainee
Daro Majcen .... production assistant
Nadine Marteleck .... production secretary
Ines Medle .... caterer
Darko Njavro .... armorer
Mare Perme .... armorer
Angela Quintavalle .... technical coordinator
Melinda Rebrek-Djurisic .... script girl
Miklavz Skofic .... helicopter pilot
Céline Sohm .... production secretary
Nathalie Springael .... beta editor: Belgium
Franc Tomsic-Puska .... logistics coordinator
Dusan Turk .... groupman
Ronny Winkelmans .... tv production department: Belgium
Carol Phiniotis .... screening coordinator (uncredited)
Enisa Alicehic .... special thanks
Valérie Andrault .... special thanks
Mojca Besson .... special thanks
Philippe Bony .... special thanks
Helena Brown .... special thanks
Romain Brémont .... special thanks
Olivier Chiavassa .... special thanks
Patrick Harrel Courtes .... special thanks
Bertrand Dormoy .... special thanks
Pierre Du Plessis .... special thanks
Olivier Duval .... special thanks
Sylvie El Sayegh .... special thanks
Nicole Hyde .... special thanks
Rebecca Kearey .... special thanks
Cameron McCracken .... special thanks
Valérie Mussault .... special thanks
Denis Offroy .... special thanks
Fabien Perreau .... special thanks
Simon Perry .... special thanks
Francois Pouget .... special thanks
Tomaz Skofic .... special thanks
Polona Tavcar .... special thanks
Alison Thompson .... special thanks
Joy Wong .... special thanks
Jane Wright .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for violence and language
98 min | Turkey:90 min (TV version)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
Continuity: After Ciki shoots Nino and the old soldier, he loads the other of the together taped magazines in the rifle and makes a loading movement, thus cycling the first round in the chamber. A bit later, in the "who started the war scene" in the bunker, Ciki shouts "who started the war?" and makes another loading movement, which would cause the first round to be ejected (unspent) from the rifle. Yet no round is ejected.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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42 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
Excellent, 11 June 2003
Author: Gordon-11 from Earth

The story was set in the Yugoslavian civil war in the early 90's. One soldier from each side of the battle was trapped between the front lines of the two rivals. They cannot leave the trench because if they do, the army will fire and kill them. To make things worse, there was a third soldier who was placed on a landmine, which would explode when the pressure on the landmine is released (i.e. when he gets up from a lying down position).

This is such a sad story with plenty of extremely touching scenes. It provokes people to think that there are so many ridiculous things that people do to each other during wars. People think that by killing each other the problem can be solved. This is a highly upsetting idea. It also revealed the terrible bureaucracy of some organisations, which gives little regard for human life.

Although it portrayed that the two rival soldiers had a lot of anger and distrust between them, there are times that it showed that they are also human. The two of them talked and found out that there was a girl that they both knew. I think that they were living in the same country, and they were just like any other civilians, just like you and me. They could have been living the same type of life, and suddenly friends became enemies.

In this film there were no large scale battle scenes like in `Saving Private Ryan' or `Gallipoli'. However, this film is just as sad and emotionally provoking like any other outstanding anti-war movie. It tells people the absurdity of war, and how crazy people can be during war. I was very shocked to know that the soldiers in Yugoslavia really put landmines beneath bodies, so that when the bodies are cleared away, the landmine would explode and kill the dead man's friends and relatives. This behaviour is extremely sickening. The inventor of such landmines is also very disgusting. I wonder, how can people create such a sophisticated device, and use it in such a ruthless way to kill? I have always thought that, if these people who invent killing machines go to invent some other machines instead, maybe we would be living in the `future world' portrayed in the film already. Our technology would be more advanced than it is now.

However, nowadays the weapons are getting more complicated, advanced, deadly and destructive every day. It saddens me a lot, because I never understood why a war has to start. The most ironic thing is that, the man who decides to wage a war against another country is always unharmed, because he sits in his office and has a large team of army to protect him. He does not die in the war. But because of his decision, millions of young men have to die.

Though there is such a grave message behind this film, there is also a lighter side to it. There were a lot of scenes which are funny, and all the viewers laughed and clapped for the witty statements. For example, when the two soldiers were trapped in the trench, they were discussing which side did more war crimes. The soldier who got the gun won the argument, and the possession of the gun changed a few times. There was another scene which a soldier searched the pockets of a soldier whom he just killed, and found a picture of a naked man.

Another scene which everyone laughed was that, a soldier asked the soldier lying on the landmine if he was OK. The poor soldier replied 'Of course I am OK, I got shot, and then I was unconscious, and then woke up and found there is a landmine beneath me, and then the whole world is watching me, and then I want to go to toilet, and now I was greeted by rubbish statements from my friend'.

I hope this film would make people understand that wars are completely vile and barbaric, and no one would start a war again.

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