‘Land of Mine’


Martin Zandvliet’s Danish drama ‘Land of Mine’ tells the story behind the land mine clearance of around two million land mines that were buried along the west coast of Denmark during World War II.

Once the war had ended, the Danish authorities used German prisoners of war to begin the massive clearing of the mines.

Zandvliet, the director and screenwriter of the film, has focused on a small group of those German prisoners of war, who were told that if they cleared the mines they would be sent home. At the time most of them were just teenagers.

The group are taught how to defuse the land mines, but they have to operate under the constant threat of being killed in an explosion.

The situation became dire for the prisoners as they were provided with little food or were blown up by the land mines.

The film charts the changing attitude of a Danish guard towards his prisoners. He begins to see them as simply young boys who want to return home, rather than prisoners of war.

The film sympathizes with the young prisoners’ plight and movie goers will see the bond between prisoners and guard develop over the course of the film.

Around half of those prisoners who participated in the land mine clearance died doing so.

Land of Mine is to be submitted as Denmark’s submission for the Foreign Language Film Academy Award.

Published in: on December 28, 2016 at 9:34 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Also, I think it must be said, that it was the Danish government that laid those mines in the first place and not the Germans. As was also the Danes that built the Atlantic Wall defenses along their coastline and not the Germans..This is something that the Danes have tried to cover up and lie about and blame on the Germans…

  2. I have not looked into this, I had assumed the Germans laid the mines and I would not blame them if they had, but that certainly sheds some light what is perhaps a deeper motive behind the making of this film. I may travel to NYC in February to see it screened because I like to support and experience the Germans of this era portrayed as humans.

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