No Man’s Land

by Danis Tanovic

France / Belgium / Italy / UK / Slovenia 2001


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Danis Tanovic
Marc Baschet, Frederique Dumas-Zajdela, Cedomir Kolar
Associate Producer:
Judy Counihan, Marion Hänsel, Cat Villiers
Production Companies:
Noé Production [Fra] / Fabrica [Ita] / Man's Films [Bel] / Counihan-Villiers [UK] / Studio Maj-Casablanca [Slo] / Le Fonds Slovène du Cinéma [Slo] / Le Centre du Cinema et de l'Audiovisuel de la Communauté Française de Belgique [Bel] / Eurimages / Télédistributeurs Wallons [Bel]
Danis Tanovic
Walther van den Ende (Eastmancolor / Panavision, 2.35:1)
Francesca Calvelli
Music Score:
Danis Tanovic
Production Design:
Dusko Milavec
Henri Morelle
Branco Djuric (Chiki), Rene Bitorajac (Nino), Filip Sovagovic (Chera), Katrin Cartlidge (Jane Livingstone), Simon Callow (Col. Soft), Serge-Henri Valcke (Capt. Dubois)
97 min
12 May 2001 (Cannes Film Festival)
• AFI Fest 2001 Audience Award Best Feature Film; Grand Jury Prize – Special Mention
• Academy Awards 2002 Oscar Best Foreign Language Film
• Brothers Manaki International Film Festival 2001 Bronze Camera 300: Walther van den Ende
• Cannes Film Festival 2001 Best Screenplay
• César Awards 2002 César Meilleure première oeuvre
• European Film Awards 2001 Best Screenwriter
• French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 2002 Critics Award Best Foreign Film
• Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival 2001 People's Choice Award
• Golden Globes 2002 Best Foreign Language Film
• Golden Satellite Awards 2002 Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language
• Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists 2002 Silver Ribbon Miglior Montaggio
• Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards 2002 Sierra Award Best Foreign Film
• Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2001 Best Foreign Film
• Rotterdam International Film Festival 2002 Audience Award
• San Sebastián International Film Festival 2001 Audience Award
• São Paulo International Film Festival 2001 Audience Award Best Feature – Foreign Language

"Bosnian Tanovic's taut, witty script is the secret of this film's success in mounting a darkly comic but very suspenseful satirical attack on the absurdity of war. ... It's Tanovic's ear for dialogue ... and firm grasp of dramatic structure that impress most ..."
— Geoff Andrew, TimeOut

"... a mordant battlefield allegory with an absurdist edge. ... Tanovic is sometimes glib, but he makes his points with admirable visual restraint. ... No Man's Land has a deadly trajectory—its logic has been distilled by experience. "
J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

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MGM Home Entertainment NTSC Region 1 vs. Gaumont-Columbia Tristar Home Video PAL Region 2

R1 screenshots courtesy by Gary Tooze /

MGM Home Entertainment
Region 1 (North America)
Gaumont-Columbia Tristar Home Video
Region 2 (France)
97:27 min 93:04 min (+ 4% PAL Speedup = 97 min)
Side A: 2.33:1/16:9 Anamorphic WideScreen
Side B: 1.33:1/4:3 Pan&Scan
Average Bitrate: 4.75 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
While the MGM R1 transfer presents "more natural colours", the Gaumont R2 transfer was supervised by the film's Director of Photography W.van den Ende. Hence the slight brownish tinting of many sequences (see frames 3, 5, 6) is intended. Both transfers show no visible artifacts. MGM R1 is slightly cropped on the right.
2.35:1/16:9 Anamorphic WideScreen
Average Bitrate: 6.99 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
Srpski-Hrvatski, English, Français Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Srpski-Hrvatski, English, Français Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Audio Commentary 1 Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Audio Commentary 2 Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
English, Français, Español English, Français
• Theatrical Trailer • Audio Commentary 1 by Danis Tanovic, producer Cedomir Kolar
• Audio Commentary 2 by cinematographer Walther van den Ende, producer Cedomir Kolar
• Featurette Portrait of Danis Tanovic (1.78:1/16:9, 23:47 min, 6.47 mb/s)
• Short L’aube by Danis Tanovic (1.33:1, 13:31 min, 6.52 mb/s)
• Photo Galery of Dejan Vekic (03:05 min)
• US Theatrical Trailer (MGM/UA release, 1.85:1/4:3, 02:11 min)
• 4-pages Booklet with Production Notes
• DVD-ROM: Screenplay
DVD Release Date: 9 April 2002
Keep Case
Chapters: 16
DVD Encoding: NTSC Region 1
DVD Release Date: 17 April 2002
Keep Case
Chapters: 18
DVD Encoding: PAL Region 2

Frame 1: Menu
(R1 left, R2 right)

Frame 2
(R1 top, R2 bottom)

Frame 3
(R1 top, R2 bottom)

Frame 4
(R1 top, R2 bottom)

Frame 5
(R1 top, R2 bottom)

Frame 6
(R1 top, R2 bottom)

Average Bitrate Region 1:
4.75 mb/s

Average Bitrate Region 2:
6.99 mb/s

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Last update: 28 Sep 2002