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Watch the new trailer for Martin Zandvliet’s Land of Mine


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.

Daniel reviewed the film and said, “The gritty and under-saturated look of the sandy beaches in Varde, Denmark make the film feel very genuine and visually quite captivating. The fact that we never see the boys anywhere but in the beach or their camp next to the beach, makes us feel the entrapment that they’re feeling, exponentially building up the angst of seeing the boys fall ill, starve and have to keep working, the insane numbers of active mines decreasing at a rate so slow, it seems hard to believe it’s an accomplishable task.”

You can read his full review here.

Land of Mine opens in the UK on 4th August 2017.

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