This year's Foreign Language Film Oscar-winner Danis Tanovic's No Man's Land has been presented with the European Union's Euros 25,000 Media Prize.
'Beyond the conflict in ex-Yugoslavia and the story of these two soldiers, one Serbian, the other Bosnian, No Man's Land illustrates with talent and humour the absurdity of violence between peoples', declared Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Culture and Audiovisual Media on the presentation of the prize at the closing ceremony of the Directors' Fortnight sidebar in Cannes.
Established by the European Union (EU) in 2000, the Media Prize is awarded to the first or second full-length film by a young director, which has been distributed most widely outside its country of origin and which has received support from the EU's MEDIA Programme. Past winners were Damien O'Donnell for East Is East (2000) and Frederic Fonteyne for Une Liaison Pornographique (2001).
No Man's Land received support from the MEDIA Programme for distribution in seven countries outside of Belgium, the film's country of production, and has been seen by nearly 500,000 cinemagoers in Europe, including more than 200,000 in France, 90,000 in Italy and 70,000 in Spain.