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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.

Director:

Danis Tanovic

Writer:

Danis Tanovic
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Branko Djuric ... Ciki
Rene Bitorajac ... Nino
Filip Sovagovic Filip Sovagovic ... Cera
Georges Siatidis ... Marchand
Serge-Henri Valcke ... Dubois
Sacha Kremer 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 Branko Zavrsan ... Deminer
Djuro Utjesanovic Djuro Utjesanovic ... Bosnian guide
Mirza Tanovic Mirza Tanovic ... Bosnian officer
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Language:

Bosnian | French | English | Serbian

Release Date:

19 September 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ničija zemlja See more »

Filming Locations:

Slovenia

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR2,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,645, 9 December 2001

Gross USA:

$1,012,153

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,858,869
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Danis Tanovic's directorial film debut. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Chiki: Because I have a gun and you don't.
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Connections

References Ace in the Hole (1951) See more »

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Njemo Kolo
by Mirsad Tukic
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Only just short of great
12 March 2007 | by Apollo-14See all my reviews

Once in a great while you walk into a theatre with low expectations and you leave pleasantly surprised. "No Man's Land" was like that for me.

Superbly written and directed, "No Man's Land" deals with a complicated subject with stinging humor and great moments of drama. My only reservation is with the character that spends the length of the movie lying on his back on a mine. I can't help but think that this movie would be a masterpiece if only the writer/director had made an effort to make him more sympathetic. As it is, I didn't feel very sorry for him. Still, a well-deserved Oscar nomination for Tanevic and yet another fine product of the former Yugoslav school of cinema.


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