Land of Mine
Saturday, Sep 24th
FilmOneFest will screen the multiple award-winning film Land of Mine on Saturday, September 24 at The Arts Corner in Atlantic Highlands. This will be the first area showing for Land of Mine, and the event will also include a companion talk by Monmouth University Associate History Professor Christopher DeRosa.
“We are thrilled to be able to premiere this unique and compelling film in Atlantic Highlands,” said FilmOneFest Managing Director Corinna Thuss. “Land of Mine has won more than a dozen top film festival awards this year, and is destined to be a major release in the future. We would like to thank Sony Pictures Classics; it is through their generosity that we are able to exclusively offer this one-night-only premiere screening to the community.”
Land of Mine, from noted director Martin Zandvliet, is, according to Paul Heath of The Hollywood News, “harrowing, heartbreaking and totally captivating. It is a truly accomplished, really, really tense piece of perfection not to be missed. This drama brings to light the true story of young German prisoners of war who are sent to the beaches of Denmark after WWII ends, to clear the nearly two million landmines, planted by the Germans, that remain unexploded on its shores.”
Land Of Mine is beautifully filmed, shot on location on the sweeping beaches of the Danish Atlantic coast. The scenic, natural landscape belies the extreme tension, danger, and ever-present sense of foreboding as these young men crawl across the sand, inch by inch, manually detecting and disarming the hair-trigger devices. Amazingly, in spite of the life-or-death environment, the characters, both good and bad, show a full emotional range, including warm, caring moments that illustrate the innate desire to find a common humanity, even compassion, in the face of a contrived and desperate situation.
Where & When: On Saturday, September 24, the program will begin at 8:30pm at The Arts Corner, 135 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, with an engaging 20-minute talk and Q&A by noted professor and historian Christopher DeRosa. DeRosa will provide perspective on this little-known piece of history, and discuss the emotional and historical backdrop that shaped this story and its players. Guests then stroll across the street to Atlantic Highlands’ retro-classic movie theater for the film screening. Refreshments are available at both locations.
Film Details: This is a Danish-German film with English subtitles, and runtime is 1 hour, 40 minutes. It is rated R for some violence, grisly images and language. View the trailer at http://sonyclassics.com/landofmine/ .
Tickets: $20; please click the Buy button below. Special $10 student rate; please bring student ID. Tickets are also available at The Arts Corner. Seats are limited and advance purchase is recommended; call 732-737-7160 for more information.
About the Special Movie Premiere Series
This series screens 5-6 films each year, with a focus on premieres of top award-winners from film festivals worldwide. Film fans are encouraged to follow FilmOneFest on Facebook, Twitter, and this site to get notifications as new premieres are announced throughout the year. “Think of this series as your own local pop-up independent theater,” said FilmOneFest co-founder Robert O’Connor. “We bring you the best in new films. Not only do you get to see them before anyone else, but your ticket purchase also helps us raise funds and guarantee free admission for all to FilmOneFest each year, increasing access to the arts for our local communities.”
Thank you to Sony Pictures Classics and Atlantic Cinemas for making this special series possible.