IFFK at 20: No Man’s Land to be screened next at Manaveeyam

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 7:  The Kerala State Chalachitra Academy (KSCA), in association with the Manaveeyam Theruvorakootam collective, will screen the Oscar-winning Bosnian movie Ni?ija zemlja (No Man’s Land) at Manaveeyam veedhi on Sunday.

The viewing, which will have Malayalam subtitles, will begin at 6.30 pm.

The 2001-made war drama by debut director Danis Tanovi? is centred around the fraught alliance of two wounded enemy soldiers who find themselves stranded in a trench in the no man’s land between their armies.

The absurdity of their situation – almost comical if it weren’t so dire, their confrontations and eventual grudging co-operation for the sake of survival serve as parable for the wider conflict between the Serb and Bosniak forces.     

The film released to acclaim and success, winning the Prix du scenario (Best Screenplay) at the Cannes Film Festival, the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 74th Academy Awards, the European Film Academy Award for Best Screenplay, the Cesar for Best First Feature film, the Andre Cavens Award for Best Film in 2001, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2002.

Tanovi? dedicated the film’s 42 awards – easily among the highest for a first film – to the same cause he devoted the film to: “For my country.”

No Man’s Land was screened in the ‘Contemporary Masters in Focus’ category during the 19th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) last year.

IFFK 2015, Kerala’s premier film festival, runs from December 4-11.

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