No Man’s Land is a heartbreaking anti-war movie which is played in the background of the Bosnian war. The movie is a fable; it was also the first writing by its writer Tanovic. It was co-produced by many companies belonging to different countries like Bosnia-Herzegovina, UK and others. Two injured soldiers, a Bosnian and other the Bosnian Serb, are entrapped with their lines in the attempt for survival. They face each other in the trench where they allow time to pass for darkness to prevail. They argue with each other as well and even identify some common ground. Complicating the situation is another injured Bosnian soldier, Savagovic, who regains his consciousness. Bosnian Serbs have planted a land mine under him so that in case of any moment, it is detonated.
A French sergeant of the United Nations Protection Force gets engaged in the struggle to assist three entangled soldiers, ignoring negative initial orders of the high command. The Force s’ aim in Bosnia is to protect the humanitarian aid convoys, to keep neutrality and perform the role of the bystander. Fortunately an English reporter appears on the scene, brings media leverage to bear that motivates the United Nations high command to spring to action for protecting the lives of the soldiers. Clash between the tense and exhausted Ciki (the Bosnian) and Nino (the Bosnian Serb) slowly rises even after being salvaged. Ultimately, Ciki fires at Nino and by retaliation are avenged by a Peacekeeper.
After this ambush, it is revealed that the mine cannot be neutralized from its explosive effect. The UN Force high command struggles to keep bold face as they lie by suggesting that Cera (the Bosnian trapped under the mine) has been secured and they depart the area along with the media people and everybody else. The truth is the Cera is left isolated and helpless in the trenches.
In addition to Behind Enemy Lines, it is another film of Bosnian war era. Nevertheless, instead of being a lustrous and technically refined and amazing film, it presents a Bosnian version on the clash, over spilling with meaninglessness, sarcasm and unyielding tragedy. In fact the director of No Man’s Land, Tanovic started his filmmaking profession by making war footage for the Bosnian army and examined events as first hand observer which he mercilessly criticizes in the movie. The film starts in 1993, somewhere close to the Bosnian town of Tuzla, where a small body of relief soldiers from the Bosnian army are seen moving in the open countryside at night. As the thick fog covers the area, they determine to take a pause and have camp the night. Unluckily as the morning sun takes shape and fog subsides, it is known that they are lingering very close to the Serbian frontlines and consequently they are fired upon.
Along with the expected animosity between them, tension is escalated with Cera in the middle of the landmine which compels him to remain inactive until assistance reaches....