• Tue. Apr 16th, 2024

“Under the Tree”  (Undir trénu) is an Icelandic black comedy-drama film directed by . 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
Written by
Starring , , , , , ,
Music by Daníel Bjarnason
Cinematography Monika Lenczewska
Release date 31 August 2017 (Venice) 6 September 2017 (Iceland)
Running time 89 minutes
Country Iceland
Language Icelandic
Box office $612,628

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