Writer/director Martin Zandvliet’s multi award-winning historical drama tells a gripping story of redemption and forgivenesss, as it follows a group of captured soldiers in Denmark in the immediate aftermath of WWII.

Under sandet
Director: Martin Zandvliet
Cast: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Emil Belton, Oskar Belton, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
Duration: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Denmark/Germany

MA15+


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Land of Mine

★★★★ 1/2
“Impressive. Wonderfully tense and compassionate.”
Garry Maddox, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

“Powerful. A tense, compact drama about the way war undermines our sense of humanity. The characters are skilfully delineated and the acting is first-class.”
John McDonald, THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW

★★★★
“Powerfully visceral. An almost Kubrickian essay on the dehumanising mechanism of war. Superbly crafted and paced. A film of splendid virtues and bountiful emotional rewards.”
Peter Galvin, SBS FILMS

“A compelling emotional experience. Searing and timely.”
Claudia Puig, THE WRAP

“A work of cinematic suspense as well as moral tension. A WWII drama that has parallels in today’s divided, frightened Europe.”
Philippa Hawker, THE AUSTRALIAN

“Potent and accomplished. Zandvliet’s script and direction avoid milking an innately loaded situation for excess melodrama or pathos, sticking to a discreet economy of approach that accumulates considerable power.”
Dennis Harvey, VARIETY

“Fascinating. A fresh and compelling approach to bring the past to life with remarkable assurance. Works as a moving antiwar essay and as a gripping thriller. It surprising how much suspense and pathos Zandvliet builds. Handled subtly, without the slightest hint of sentimentality. This kind of plea for compassion will never lose its relevance.”
Stephen Farber, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Rewarding and humane. A rich character study and a moving story of human connection.”
Kevin Lang, FILM JOURNAL

2017 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – Best Foreign Language Film
2016 WINNER 6 DANISH FILM AWARDS – Best Film, Director, Original Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography & Audience Prize
2016 WINNER 3 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS incl Best Cinematography
OPENING NIGHT FILM – Toronto International Film Festival (Platform)
NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW – Top 5 Foreign Language Film
2016 AUDIENCE PRIZE WINNER – AFI, Rotterdam, Gijon, Trondheim Intl Film Festivals
2016 AUDIENCE PRIZE WINNER (Runner up) – Sydney International Film Festival

Based on extraordinary true events, writer/director Martin Zandvliet’s multi award-winning historical drama tells a gripping story of redemption and forgiveness, as it follows a group of captured soldiers in Denmark in the immediate aftermath of WWII.

After the Nazi surrender in May 1945, a unit of young Germans – most barely out of their teens – are put to work by their Allied captors. With minimal training, they are placed under the supervision of a righteous and embittered Danish sergeant, Rasmussen (played by the superb Roland Møller, A Hijacking), and sent to locate and disarm Hitler’s munitions that still litter the beaches along Denmark’s west coast.

Scornful of the Germans for their five-year occupation of his country, the sergeant marches the boys out to the pristine dunes each day to perform this risky task. Yet as the days advance and he gets to know his young charges, especially the protective and pragmatic Sebastian (Louis Hofmann), Rasmussen grows more and more conflicted in his feelings, when compassion is the last thing his superiors wish to see extended…

Stories of conflict and its repercussions abound in cinema, but few have so eloquently focussed on the human connection between conflict’s ‘winners’ and the vanquished, and the emotional impact of occupation and nationalism. Featuring arresting performances from the ensemble cast and breathtaking cinematography, Zandvliet’s sweeping drama makes for riveting and deeply-affecting cinema that demands to be seen on the big screen.

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How Land Of Mine found an Oscar nomination in dark Danish history – Martin Zandvliet with Indiewire.

“It may be set immediately after the Second World War, but Land Of Mine feels like required viewing in the current climate.” – Martin Zandvliet with Screen International.

“Failed Fatherland: Martin Zandvliet disarms a dark passage in Denmark’s history.” – Martin Zandvliet and producer Mikael Christian Rieks with MovieMaker Magazine.

“A Forgotten War” – Martin Zandvliet with Filmink

Land of Mine