Presented by: New Zealand International Film Festival

Land Of Mine

August 3–5, 2016

ITR Auditorium


R13

Denmark/Germany 2015
Director/Screenplay:
Martin Zandvliet
In German and Danish, with English subtitles

Former enemies struggle to recognise their shared humanity in this moving and tension-filled drama that draws on a seldom discussed episode from the end of World War II. Winner of awards and audience prizes at several festivals already, Land of Mineacknowledges Denmark’s punitive treatment of young German POWs held in Denmark after the Nazi surrender.

The film’s protagonists are put to work to search out and disarm mines that had been buried on Danish beaches by the Nazis in anticipation of an Allied invasion. At first, the Danish sergeant Rasmussen (Roland Møller) supervises his youthful charges with vengeful severity. A solitary individual but for the company of his faithful dog, he shows no hesitation in visiting the sins of the Third Reich on its youngest sons, mere boys conscripted as German manpower dwindled.

Gradually, though, the taskmaster finds himself at odds with those whose orders it is his duty to enforce. The tension is absolute, but never needlessly ramped up in Martin Zandvliet’s direction: humane concerns are very much at the centre of this gripping film. He draws performances of great poignancy from his cast, the formidable Møller included.

Land of Mine shows us what happens after a war, it’s a story of survival and of forgiveness and redemption, of rediscovered humanity.” — Vittoria Scarpa, Cineuropa

Running Times:
Times are approx. and subject to change at any time.

Box Office Open: 1 Hour Prior to first session of the day
Auditorium Doors Open: 15 Minutes prior to film (Approx)
Duration: 101 Minutes
Box Office Close: 30 Minutes after last film starts


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