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As World War Two comes to an end, a group of German POWs, boys rather than men, are captured by the Danish army and forced to engage in a deadly task – to defuse and clear land mines from the Danish coastline.
With little or no training, the boys soon discover that the war is far from over.
Inspired by real events, LAND OF MINE exposes the untold story of one tragic moment in Denmark’s history.
Language: German & Danish (English subtitles)

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards.
Directed by Martin Zandvliet and starring Roland Møller and Mikkel Følsgaard, LAND OF MINE offers a deeply powerful, emotionally resonant account of a forgotten chapter in recent history, and a timely reminder of the power of forgiveness.

BACKGROUND NOTES
The Geneva Convention of 1929 forbids forcing Prisoners of War to carry out hard labour or dangerous work. However, there is evidence of British and Danish commands deliberately changed the wording of the text from “prisoners of war” to “voluntarily surrendered enemy personnel” in order to sidestep the rules of the convention.
Many of the German soldiers ordered to defuse more than two million mines along the Danish coastline were mere boys – only 15 – 18 years of age.
To this day, the events surrounding the demining of the Danish beaches are considered taboo in modern Danish history.
The five – month demining process claimed more human lives than the entire length of German occupation in Denmark.
The idea of using German prisoners of war to carry out the dangerous demining task came from British command, but was carried out with no objections from the Danish administration.
The Danish Brigade was in charge of supervising and handling the operation.
Historical facts:
• From 1942 to 1944 Nazi Germany built the so – called Atlantic Wall in anticipation of an Allied invasion from Great Britain – an extensive system of coastal defence and fortifications along the coast of continental Europe and Scandinavia. Landmines were plan ted along great swathes of the West Coast of Denmark.
• After the capitulation of Nazi Germany, the British liberation forces offered the Danish government the opportunity to enlist German POWs to defuse mines along the length of the Danish Western coast line.
• The German POWs were neither educated nor equipped for this task and many belonged to the so – called Volkssturm, a national militia set up by Hitler towards the end of the war to conscript those not already serving for the German forces. Many were very young or old. The youngest were 13 years old .The work began on Saturday 5 May 1945 and was completedon Thursday 4 October 1945.
•An estimated 2.600 men were forced to work.
• Half of them were killed or injured.
CAST
SGT. RASMUSSEN ROLAND MØLLER
CAPTAIN EBBE MIKKEL BOE FØLSGAARD
SEBASTIAN SCHUMANN LOUIS HOFMANN
HELMUT MORBACH JOEL BASMAN
ERNST & WERNER LESSNER EMIL & OSKAR BELTON

CREW
DIRECTED AND WRITTEN BY MARTIN ZANDVLIET
PRODUCED BY MIKAEL CHR. RIEKS MALTE GRUNERT
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY CAMILLA HJELM KNUDSEN
EDITED BY PER SANDHOLT MOLLY MALENE STENSGAARD
COMPOSED BY SUNE MARTIN
PRODUCTION DESIGN GITTE MALLING
COSTUME DESIGN STEFANIE BIEKER
CASTING BY SIMONE BÄR
Denmark, Germany 2017

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