Land of Mine

"Compelling and intensely suspenseful." Observer

Showing Times

Spring 1945: Germany has surrendered and its forces are leaving Denmark after occupying the country for five years.  Veteran Sergeant Carl Rasmussen and fourteen young German prisoners of war under his command are assigned to remove two million land mines on the Danish coast. The young men - mostly teenagers conscripted by the Nazis - must crawl in the sand and search for mines with their bare hands if they want a chance at freedom. 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.

Denmark's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Oscars, Martin Zandvliet's powerful, compassionate historical drama revisits an oft-forgotten chapter of post-war life in Denmark.  Exploring the moral grey areas between justice and vengeance, this generates moments of chilling suspense, and works as both a moving anti-war essay and a gripping thriller.


Film Information

99 mins

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