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Land of Mine
18 March 2020
  Rating 15

Denmark/Germany (2015) 101 minutes
Director: Martin Zandvliet
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Inspired by real events, 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 in order 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 that the young men should be treated with contempt. Land of Mine explores the moral grey areas between justice and vengeance and offers a timely reminder of the power of forgiveness.


Oscars 2017 - Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film Award