Clearing Land Mines in Trailer for Danish WWII Drama 'Land of Mine'
"Do you think I feel sorry for you?" Sony Pictures Classics has debuted an official US trailer for a Danish drama called Land of Mine, set near the end of World War II. The story is about a group of very young German POWs captured by the Danish army who are forced to clear thousand of land mines from a beach. The full cast includes Roland Moller, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Emil Belton, and Oskar Belton. As this trailer shows, the film looks like a very moving and tense story about these boys learning that "the war is far from over" even though they've stopped fighting and firing guns. I like the way the trailer ends with silence, plus that "boom" joke at the end, powerful stuff. Worth a watch.
Here's the official US trailer (+ poster) for Martin Zandvliet's Land of Mine, in high def from Apple:
As World War II comes to an end, a group of German POWs, boys rather than men, are captured by the Danish army and forced to engage in a deadly task—to defuse and clear land mines from the Danish coastline. With little or no training, the boys soon discover that the war is far from over. Inspired by real events, Land of Mine exposes the untold story of one tragic moment in post-war history. Land of Mine is both written and directed by Danish editor + filmmaker Martin Zandvliet, of the films A Funny Man and Applause previously. The film first premiered at the Toronto, Hamburg and London Film Festivals last year. Sony Pictures Classics will release Land of Mine in select theaters starting December 9th later this year.
Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
Looks great. This must have been a truly horrible job. // Shame there are still so many mines still active in SE Asia.
DAVIDPD on Aug 4, 2016
And in Africa...thanks to the colonialism.
tarek on Aug 4, 2016
This looks like a must watch
Bob on Aug 4, 2016
During the Iraq/Iran War, former President of Iran Amadinajed was in charge of the young boys who were forced to walk in front of Iranian tanks and troops to clear minefields with their unfortunate feet. Once they found them (of course being killed in the process, Amadinajed's adult troops would roll them in carpet and deliver them to their homes, from where they'd, of course, been kidnapped.
Sharkman1963 on Aug 4, 2016
Thanks for the intox sharkman.
tarek on Aug 4, 2016
Excellent, Alex. That's two films today you've brought to my attention that I might not otherwise have become aware of. Thanks again. Thank the gods that people around the world are still making films like this and we are able to see them. I was very moved by this trailer and saddened by how we humans still settle our differences by engaging in war and treating our supposed enemies in such awful ways. It's going on today, still, and will it ever end? I hope I can view this film soon, as it gives me hope for this world we live in today. Even though while being moved by the trailer and saddened at what the film was revealing about the human condition, I welcome those feelings and feel gratitude when a film like this comes around. Thanks again for sharing this film, Alex. Much appreciated.
Bo on Aug 4, 2016
This is how you make a film about the utterly unfortunate constellation of things called war. Incredible miserable thing to survive and then if you do you have to live through with it for the rest of life. Germans did lost their humanity in WWII making others to feel the same. This film probably shows how hard is to win all that back. Every film or narrative should work on that ...
shiboleth on Aug 4, 2016
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