UNDER THE TREE “Undir Trénu”
Narrative Feature | 89 minutes

HIFF 2017

 Narrative Competition

Directed by
Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

Produced by
Grímar Jónsson, Sindri Páll Kjartansson, Þórir Snær Sigurjónsson

Written by
Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, Huldar Breiðfjörð

Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir

2017 | Icelandic | Iceland/Denmark/Poland/Germany

“Love thy neighbor” does not apply in the Iceland suburbs of UNDER THE TREE. After his wife kicks him out of the house, Atli (Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson) stays with his parents—just as the passive aggressive hostility with their neighbors is ramping up over a large tree in the yard. Director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson establishes character dynamics with jabs to the gut and enough dark humor to quell the uneasiness in your stomach. With a moody score and sound design that sways between the tension and release of the scenes, you may find yourself nervously laughing the next time you want to talk to your neighbors about the noise. Iceland’s official submission for the Oscar® for Best Foreign Film.