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No Man's Land - Trailer


Authorship: Alessandro Favaron

NO MAN’S LAND is one of the long-feature films included in the Fabrica Cinema collection, the film production unit of Fabrica.

Directed by Danis Tanovic (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

Prizes: Cannes 2001 – Official Competition - Best Screenplay Prize
Golden Globe Award 2002 – Best Foreign Film
Oscar 2002 - Best Foreign Film
César 2002 – Best First Feature


Synopsis:  Who has experienced war in the first person (and has observed it obsessively in close-up) knows that to really look at horror in the eyes one needs to give a sort of synthesis in a test tube, attempting a laboratory-like experiment. You can try and tell of war by talking of the no man’s land between the Bosnian and Serb frontlines, where usually only the dead are to be found. Only this time one of the dead is in fact only wounded. He is a Bosnian soldier lying on a pressure bomb that will explode as soon as he is lifted by the stretcher-bearers (placing the bombs under the corpses of the fallen is one of the “jokes” the Serbs played on their wounded). No man’s land is populated by guilt, it becomes a terrain for negotiation. Finally the media circle of foreign war correspondents from the major television companies arrive: everyone of them has something to gain from the case of the wounded man on the bomb.

What will be the outcome?


Fabrica Cinema was created in September 1997 by Marco Müller, actually Director of Venice Film Festival, and co-produced an initial series of four films which "spoke the truth" about the reality in the distant societies where, otherwise, it would have been impossible to develop any film project without the collaboration with a courageous producer: Journey to the Sun by Yesim Ustaoglu (Turkey); Moloch by Alexander Sokurov (Russia); Seventeen Years by Zhang Yuan (China) and Adanggaman by Roger Gnoan M’Bala (Ivory Coast).
From October 1999 Fabrica Cinema has started to produce first and second features of young film directors from “the rest of the world:
Brainstorm by Lais Bodanzky (Brasil); Blackboards by Samira Makhmalbaf (Iran); No man’s land by Danis Tanovic (Bosnia); Secret Ballot by Babak Payami (Iran); Angel on the right by Djamshed Usmonov (Tadjikistan), Mud by Dervis Zaim (Turkey-Cyprus) and Tropical Malady, by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand).
Many of these films have won prestigious awards at the most renowned international film festivals, culminating in the 2002 Oscar for Best Foreign Film for No Man’s Land by Bosnian director Danis Tanovic.




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