Under the Tree

Under The Tree (Movie Still)

Dir: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

Cast: Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson

Film Info: 89 mins, France, Iceland, 2017, Cert: Club

The shade from a front-yard tree brings the already simmering tensions between two families in an Icelandic suburb to boiling point. Pitch black in its humour, Under the Tree is a dark and wry drama.

Grieving Inga and put-upon husband Baldvin are the proud owners of the area's only tree. Next door, amateur marksman Konrad lives with his new, much younger wife, the athletic Eybjorg — whose mere appearance incites torrents of expletives from Inga. Eybjorg is infuriated by the way the overhanging branches of Inga's beloved tree block the sunshine.  Absurdly hilarious and psychologically astute, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, expertly draws out the repressed anger and grief of his characters. An excellent cast perfectly tread the line between comedy and drama.

Awards/Nomination

Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards 2018 – Winner DFCC Best Cinematography Monika Lenczewska (director of photography)

Nomination:

Venice Film Festival 2017 - Venice Horizons Award - Best Film - Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

"Good fences make very bad neighbors in Icelandic writer-director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson's black-frost comedy of suburban mores." – Guy Lodge, Variety

Admission: €8 / €6 (concession) on the door.

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