8:00 PM, 30th August, 2002
Soldiers of opposing sides, Nino and Chiki are thrown together in the no man's land between the Bosnian and Herzegovinian fronts. It is 1993, the bombing is at its worst, and inevitably the two become victims of the bombing of both sides. No Man's Land is cleverly constructed and won Best Screenplay at Cannes in 2001. Its strength is primarily in the portrayal of the different representatives of the UN and the interaction of the Serbian and Croatian stars. This comic war drama is directed by Danis Tanovic, who imbues it with the message that war has many victims but no victors. The plot draws heavily on the verbal war engaged in by Nino and Chiki as they slowly form a friendship and a changed perspective on patriotism.
10:00 PM, 30th August, 2002
Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, this surreal drama follows a journalist's voyage across Afghanistan to find her sister, who plans to commit suicide during the imminent solar eclipse. As the journalist, Nafas (Pazira), travels across Afghanistan towards Kandahar and her sister, she records her experiences on cassette tape. The bleak hostility and desperation of the locals are chillingly portrayed and the overall effect of the film is astounding. Kandahar is definitely noir and contains spectacular desert visuals reminiscent of The English Patient. Watch for the parachuting prosthetics.