Friday, February 27, 2009

No Man’s Land

Danis Tanovic, 2001, Bosnia (8.7*)
Best Foreign Film (AA,GG)

This is a riveting story about the futility of war and how politics can sometimes reach unbelievable absurdities, using a really simple story on the surface. A couple of soldiers in the Bosnian-Herzegovinian conflict wander into the no man’s land between the two artificially and diplomatically drawn lines. Pretty soon one from the other side becomes trapped with them in an odd sort of stalemate involving a bomb placed under one while he was unconscious.

By the time they done little or nothing the whole event has been sniffed out by the media and becomes a major news event, threatening to have international consequences. More cerebral than action, director Danis Tanovic’s film deservedly won an Oscar® and a Golden Globe for Foreign Language Film, and numerous other small festival awards.

Awards page at IMDB: No Man's Land Awards


drewbacca February 28, 2009 at 8:50 AM  

I actually remember seeing this one in the theater and no one would go with me. Their loss as I remember this being an excellent film. Funny thing, I JUST bought a used copy of the film last night (before I ran across this post today). I plan to get to it soon.

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