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Land of Mine

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In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.

Inspired by real events, the film follows the little-known story of the young German prisoners of war who were handed over to Danish authorities in the days following Germany's surrender in May 1945. Tough veteran sergeant Carl Rasmussen (Roland Møller) is assigned by Lieutenant Ebbe Jensen (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) to diffuse and remove two million mines on the Danish West Coast to keep the beaches safe. He takes advantage of the teenage POW's, ordering them to dig up the mines from the sand with their bare hands.

Rasmussen promises their freedom and release back to Germany when the task is completed; and after initial hostility he slowly begins to sympathise with their plight. ‘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. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards. (Subtitles)