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‘Land of Mine’ wins in the US

The Danish war drama Land of Mine has picked up the World Cinema Audience Award at the American Film Institute’s annual AFI Fest.

Written and directed by Martin Zandvliet, Land of Mine follows a group of German prisoners tasked to clean up the landmines along the Danish coast.

The film is Denmark’s submission for the Best Foreign Language category at the Academy Awards 2017.

AFI FEST is the American Film Institute’s annual celebration of international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers. It takes place each fall in Hollywood, California and features nightly red-carpet galas, special screenings, conversations and tributes. AFI FEST remains the first and only festival of its stature that is free to the public, offering the best of current cinema in Hollywood.

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.