Land of Mine (Under sandet) 15

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DIRECTOR Martin Zandvliet
CAST Roland Møller, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman

The tense story of German POWs forced to clear landmines on the Danish coast at the end of the Second World War.

In 1945 as the occupying forces leave Denmark, a group of German POWs, barely out of boyhood, are forced to clear the Danish beaches of German landmines. Initially antagonistic, the young prisoners and the Danish sergeant in charge of the mission begin to form a bond. Exploring the moral grey areas between justice and vengeance, this beautiful, Oscar-nominated drama generates moments of chilling suspense and works as both a timeless observation about conflict and forgiveness and a gripping thriller.
(2015 Denmark / Germany 99 mins Subtitled)

Martin Zandvliet’s intelligent, Oscar-nominated drama focuses on a less familiar aspect of World War II, emphasising the way in which conflict dehumanises both victor and vanquished. Anyone who felt Dunkirk was undermined by its narrow patriotic focus might well take solace in a film with a wider perspective … Zandvliet’s spare, accessible storytelling refuses to play the situation for melodrama and he is discreet in depicting the violent end that awaits some of the young Germans. His understated approach results in a thoughtful, poignant drama that is comfortably carried on the shoulders of an ebullient, heartfelt performance from Møller that won him the Danish equivalent of the BAFTA Best Actor prize.  Allan Hunter, The List

Language: German, Danish, English

BBFC advice: Contains strong violence and injury detail
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