Vividly illustrating the absurdity of war, the bleak and darkly humorous No Man's Land premieres at the Smith Opera House this weekend.
Director Dani Tanovic's film about the futility of the Bosnian War stars Branko Duric as Ciki, a Bosnian soldier with really bad luck. When he and a few other relief soldiers try to join their Bosnian comrades on the front, they get lost in fog, fall asleep, and are awakened at dawn by Serbian gunfire. His comrades are all blown away, but Ciki saves himself by diving into an abandoned trench in no man's land. Nino (Rene Bitorajac), a Serbian soldier, sneaks into the trench and finds Ciki. Though both men are armed and dangerous, they are nonetheless unable to escape the trench without getting shot at by either side. The UN are called in to fix the situation but they only make matters worse. When an English journalist (Katrin Cartlidge) gets wind of the story, a media frenzy
breaks out across the front.
Winner for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscars, No Man's Land will be screened at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, May 16 and 17, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 19. In Bosnian, Croatian, English, French, Serbian and Serbo-Croatian with subtitles, the film has a running time of one hour and 38 minutes. It is rated R for violence and language. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. All seats on Thursday are $3. Call 781-LIVE for additional information.