“Under the Tree” is an Icelandic black comedy-drama film directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson. The film revolves around a domestic dispute between two neighboring families in a suburban Icelandic community. The conflict arises when a tree in one of the family's gardens casts a shadow on the other's sun-deck, leading to a series of escalating confrontations and darkly humorous events.
“Under the Tree” received critical acclaim for its darkly comic and thought-provoking exploration of suburban life and human nature. The film's sharp script, skillful direction, and exceptional performances were particularly praised by critics. The film is noted for its clever balance between humor and tension, as well as its biting commentary on contemporary Icelandic society.
“Under the Tree” was selected as Iceland's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards. The film won several international awards, including the FIPRESCI Prize at the Zurich Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Vilnius International Film Festival. The film also received nominations for the Best European Film and Best Screenplay at the 31st European Film Awards.
|Directed by||Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson|
|Written by||Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson|
|Starring||Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir, Selma Björnsdóttir,|
|Music by||Daníel Bjarnason|
|Release date||31 August 2017 (Venice) 6 September 2017 (Iceland)|
|Running time||89 minutes|