No Man's Land

Rated NR

The winner of this year's Oscar for best foreign-language film is a dark, dark satire written and directed by first-time filmmaker Danis Tanovic, who also composed the score. Set during the Bosnian war in 1993, the film becomes a comedy of dangerous errors as two Bosnians and a Serb are trapped in a trench between the respective front lines of the two forces. A squad of United Nations soldiers, on the scene for "peace-keeping," gets involved as the plot widens to include gasbag UN diplomats and international media. The stranded soldiers go through some Hell in the Pacific-style power fluxes and a Mexican stand-off that'd stymie even Quentin Tarantino. I was rooting for Amelie as the best foreign film; but it's no disappointment to see this film take the award. It is clearly a great movie: a dismaying and shockingly funny commentary on the emptiness of war.

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Director: Danis Tanovic

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