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This film was last shown on 10 August 2017

Inspired by real events, and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards, Land of Mine follows the little-known story of the young German prisoners of war who were handed over to Danish authorities in the days following Germany’s surrender in May 1945. Tough veteran Sergeant Carl Rasmussen is assigned by Lieutenant Ebbe Jensen to diffuse and remove two million mines on the Danish West Coast to keep the beaches safe. He takes advantage of the teenage POW’s, ordering them to dig up the mines from the sand with their bare hands. Rasmussen promises their freedom and release back to Germany when the task is completed; and after initial hostility he slowly begins to sympathise with their plight. However, Jensen remains resentful of their former  occupiers-and steadfast in his belief the young men should be treated with contempt-bringing him head to head with Rasmussen in a final showdown...Directed by Martin Zandvliet and starring Roland Møller and Mikkel Følsgaard, LAND OF MINE offers a deeply powerful, emotionally resonant  account of a forgotten chapter in recent history, and a timely reminder of the power of forgiveness.


Martin Zandvliet
Denmark, Germany
100 mins
Joel Basman, Louis Hofmann, Roland Møller


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