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Land of Mine
Land of Mine – (dir. Martin Zandvliet)
2017 Academy Award Nominee – Best Foreign Language Film
West Mall 7 Theatres – Doors Open 6:00pm – Film Begins 6:30pm
TRT: 100 min
Rating: R (violence, images, language)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
In German/English/Danish – with English Subtitles
Film Summary: Based on extraordinary true events, writer/director Martin Zandvliet’s stunning, multi award-winning new film is a nail-bitingly tense thriller about a group of young German prisoners of war in Denmark in the immediate aftermath of World War II, which examines both the repercussions of retribution and the value of forgiveness.
In the days following the surrender of Nazi Germany in May 1945, a group of German soldiers – most barely out of their teens – are put to work by their Allied captors. With minimal training, they are set the dangerous task to locate and disarm their own hidden weapons that still litter the beaches along Denmark’s west coast, under the supervision of a righteous and embittered Danish sergeant, Rasmussen (Roland Møller, in a superb performance). Scornful of the Germans for their five-year occupation of his country, he ruthlessly marches his squad out on the dunes each day to prod for mines. Yet this risky task soon challenges even Rasmussen, who grows more and more conflicted in his feelings toward his young charges.
Zandvliet’s powerful and morally complex tale is riveting viewing, with a potency that echoes Peter Weir’s Gallipoli and Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker but an impact truly of its own. This unforgettable film demands to be experienced on the big screen.
What the critics are saying:
The ethical tension between justice and vengeance is the subject of Martin Zandvliet’s Land of Mine, a tight and suspenseful film.
– NY Times
An act of expiation, “Land of Mine” is honorable, harrowing and stirring.
– Wall Street Journal
The story of “Land of Mine” is a fascinating and largely unknown one, but what makes the movie special is Zandvliet’s command of space and visual language.
– Washington Post
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