Danish actor Roland Møller and the German actor Louis Hofmann shared Best Actor honours for their performances in Land of Mine on Saturday at the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival.
Land Of Mine is a Danish war film directed by Martin P. Zandvliet which is inspired by real events and tells the story of young German prisoners of war who were ordered to clear two million mines on the west coast of Denmark with their bare hands. It is believed that over 2,000 German soldiers were forced to remove mines, and nearly half of them lost either their lives or limbs.
The film unfolds in the days after the German capitulation in May 1945 – the day of reckoning after five years of occupation. A group of young German war prisoners (including Louis Hofmann) are handed over to the Danish authorities and subsequently sent out to the West Coast under the supervision of Sergeant Rasmussen (Roland Møller) to remove the mines that the Germans had placed in the sand along the coast.