In May, 1945, Germany unconditionally surrendered, thus ending the European conflict of World War II. Denmark, one of the many countries occupied by Germany, had been invaded in April 1940. When the conflict ended, the Danish insisted German POWs help with post-war clean-up operations before being allowed back home.
Land of Mine focuses on one such group of German POWs and the dynamic between themselves and their Danish commander. It is a riveting glimpse at a relatively unknown segment of WWII history. This is a beautifully-crafted, brutal film which will leave you bruised yet better off for the experience.
Wonderful Cinema strongly recommends you do not ruin the impact the director meticulously planned for their audience by watching trailers or reading spoilers. But for those of you who cannot resist…
You can find more information on this Danish-German movie on Wikipedia, IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.
Title: Under Sandet aka Land of Mine
Director: Martin Zandvliet
Stars: Roland Møller, Mikkel Følsgaard (click here for full cast)
Screenplay: Martin Zandvliet
Cinematography: Camilla Hjelm Knudsen
Editing: Per Sandholt, Molly Malene Stensgaard
Score: Sune Martin
Languages: German, Danish, English
I like the site revamp, nice and clear. Great to see you back!
The film is right up my street, and added to my Amazon wish list based on your review.
I’m really pleased you like the new look, Pete. I must say I’m really happy with it. I just need to go through all 125 reviews now and tweak the poster images. Gulp!
Thrilling and a little sad. But worth it. Nice review.
Well put, Dan!