“Neither Heaven Nor Earth” follows the French members of NATO-led security squadron of troops on a surveillance mission in a desolate province on the border of Pakistan. Though the soldiers mostly bide their time while armed forces are slowly withdrawn from Afghanistan, the deadly serious Captain Antares Bonassieu (Jérémie Renier) remains steadfast at his post. But when some soldiers mysteriously go missing, along with Taliban forces, Bonassieu begins to investigate and discovers that insurgent forces aren’t to blame, but rather something that might go beyond the natural world. A soldier character study meets “The Twilight Zone,” “Neither Heaven Nor Earth” examines the belief systems of those on the frontlines and the surreal nature of daily life in a combat zone. Watch an exclusive trailer for the film below.
“Neither Heaven Nor Earth” is the directorial debut of Clément Cogitore. He previously directed a series of shorts, including “Chroniques,” “Visités,” “Scènes de chasse,” and others. He also acted in two of Eugène Green’s films, “La Sapienza” and “Le fils de Joseph.”
Originally titled “The Wakhan Front,” “Neither Heaven Nor Earth” premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in the International Critics Week section. It also screened at this year’s New Directors/New Films festival in New York. The film opens theatrically in NY on August 5th and and in Los Angeles on August 12th.