Land Of Mine (15)
Thu 01 Jan 1970 - Thu 01 Jan 1970
Dir. Martin Pieter Zandvliet. Denmark, Germany, 100 mins, 2015, subtitled.
With chilling suspense from the start Land of Mine revisits an oft-forgotten chapter of post-war life in Denmark, when leftover German prisoners of war – mostly teenagers conscripted by the Nazis – were sent to the Danish coast to clear land mines with their bare hands.
Spring 1945: Germany has surrendered and its forces are leaving Denmark after occupying the country for five years. Veteran Sergeant Carl Rasmussen (Roland Møller) and fourteen young German prisoners of war under his command are assigned to remove two million land mines on the Danish Coast. But as Rasmussen gets to know his charges, he begins to see the futility and cruelty of an endeavour which prioritises bloody revenge over forgiveness.
Exploring the moral grey areas between justice and vengeance, Land of Mine works as both a moving anti-war essay and a gripping thriller.