Magazine article Variety

'Land' Sheds Light on Post-War Conflict

Magazine article Variety

'Land' Sheds Light on Post-War Conflict

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Few films detail the immediate aftermath of conflict and occupation from World War II. Danish director-writer Martin Zandvliet's "Land of Mine" exposes the untold story of Denmark's darkest hour. The Nordisk film, which has already picked up a slew of awards, has been named Denmark's entry for the Oscar foreign-language film race. Sony Pictures Classics distributes in the U.S.

"Land of Mine" is set in the days following the surrender of Nazi Germany in May 1945, when German POWs held in Denmark were forced by the Allied forces to clear the millions of landmines laid by Hitler's army.

Most of these soldiers were teenagers, with minimal or no training in defusing explosives; more than half of them were killed or severely wounded in the process.

"I wanted to explore what happens to a person who loves his country as a patriot and feels a right to hate his enemy, but is put in charge of a task that conflicts with the values he thought he possessed and that his own nation represented" Zandvliet says. "Our sergeant protagonist is filled with the same hate that many Danes understandably had for the people who had occupied their country for five years. …

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