HIFF Screens ‘No Man’s Land’ at Bay Street Theater

No Man's Land
Photo: Courtesy HIFF

The Hamptons International Film Festival is continuing its 25 Years: 25 Films series this Thursday, April 27 with 2001 selection No Man’s Land at Bay Street Theater. 

No Man’s Land won Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

No Man’s Land takes place during the war in Bosnia. The film begins in 1993 when a group of Bosnian soldiers lost in dense fog end up in an empty Serbian trench. World-weary Ciki finds a rifle, which protects him when suspicious Bosnian Serbian soldiers check it out. Finally, only he and the inexperienced Bosnian Serb Nino occupy the site, or so they think, and they play at miniature war with each other, often in a humorous way, in tune with blackly comic spirit of the film.

During a standoff, they discover Tzera—a heavy Bosnian whom they’d both presumed dead—alive in a trench, lying on a spring-loaded mine that will detonate if he moves. The United Nations contingent known as UNPROFOR sends a tank; a French sergeant tries to help, only to be called away by his arrogant, self-aggrandizing British commander; and a pushy, world renowned TV journalist endeavors to sensationalize the grave situation. 

The Hamptons International Film Festival started the 25 Years: 25 Films screenings to celebrate the festival’s 25th anniversary. HIFF films from 1993 to 2016 are being shown almost weekly, since February, in venues across the Hamptons, as well as some outside New York. The series concludes with the 25th Annual Hamptons Film Film Festival taking place over Columbus Day weekend, October 5–9.

The next film in the series is Last Summer in the Hamptons on May 6 at the Southampton Arts Center.

No Man’s Land starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 at Bay Street Theater (1 Bay Street) in Sag Harbor. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

To learn more about the 25 Years: 25 Films Screening Series, visit the HIFF website here.

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