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Catalogue Feature Films Taking place in May 1945 only a few days after the end of the war, the film tells the story of how a group of German prisoners of war were brought to Denmark and forced to disarm the two million land mines that had been scattered along the West Coast by the German occupying forces. In charge of the enfeebled young men performing the dangerous task is Sergeant Carl Leopold Rasmussen. Like so many of his fellow Danes, he has a deep hatred for the Germans after having suffered five years of hardships during the occupation. He lets his rage rain down on the prisoners, until one day a tragic incident makes him change his view of the enemy even if it may be too late.

Land of Mine / Under sandet

Feature Debut

Genre / Drama Status / Post-production Danish release / 23.10.2015 Running time / 96 min. Director / Martin Pieter Zandvliet Appearances / Roland Møller, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman Producer / Mikael Christian Rieks Production company / Nordisk Film International sales / K5 Media Group / Konradinstr. 5 / 81543 München / Germany

Martin Pieter Zandvliet’s Applause won two awards at Karlovy Vary and was selected for Toronto. Land of Mine stars breakout actor Roland Møller (Northwest), 2012 Silver Bear winner and 2013 Shooting Star Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (A Royal Affair) and up-and-coming German actors Louis Hofmann and Joel Basman.

The story of Ellen and her friends, all in their late thirties/early forties, and their more or less self-inflicted complicated love life and longing for romantic redemption. The story is a summary of three years of love-related highs and lows for the group of friends told through eight chapters, each of them set at a party: a new Year’s Eve, a housewarming, a Midsummer’s Eve, a wedding, a surprise party, a naming ceremony, an anniversary and a round birthday. It is an ensemble story about a group of people who struggle with the conception of the perfect relationship and are bound to reevaluate their take on what true love is. Feature film debut by May el-Toukhy, who has assembled an impressive cast of Trine Dyrholm (The Celebration, In a Better World), Jens Albinus (The Idiots, Nymhomaniac), last year’s Shooting Star Danica Curcic (The Absent One) and Swedish actor Ola Repace (Skyfall).

Long Story Short / Lang historie kort

Second Feature

Medina / Medina

Yusif, who is half Danish, half Arab, travels to the Middle Eastern city of Medina along with his pregnant Danish wife, Sarah. Yusif wants to start a new life with his wife in his father’s hometown. He is convinced that this is where he belongs and happiness lies ahead. But shortly after their arrival, Yusif is unintentionally responsible for a beggar boy’s death. The people of the street beat up Sarah and Yusif. She miscarries. He is put in prison for murder. The only thing that keeps Yusif’s spirit up in the Arab prison is the thought of seeing Sarah again and his faith in God. But when he realises that he has to sit in a prison hole for the rest of his life, he loses his patience, faith and hope. All that is left is anger towards the Creator he used to love.

Genre / Drama Status / Completed Danish release / 07.05.2015 Running time / 90 min. Director / May el-Toukhy Appearances / Mille Hoffmeyer Lehfeldt, Jens Albinus, Trine Dyrholm, Danica Curcic Producer / Caroline Blanco, Christian Steengaard Potalivo Production company / Miso Film International sales / TrustNordisk / t +45 3686 8788 / /

Genre / Drama Status / Post-production Danish release / 2015 Running time / 90 min. Director / Omar Shargawi Producer / René Ezra, Tomas Radoor Production company / Nordisk Film International sales / TrustNordisk / t +45 3686 8788 / /

Shargawi made his debut as director with the feature film Go with Peace Jamil (2008), awarded generously at festivals – winning the VPRO Tiger Award in Rotterdam, the Church Prize and FIPRESCI Award in Göteborg, and Best Director in Transylvania.


FILM | Berlin Issue 2015

Danish Films Berlin 2015  
Danish Films Berlin 2015  

Danish Film Institute's magazine with interviews and all the basics on Danish films at Berlin 2015