Under the Tree

classified 15 S
Film

Please note: This was screened in Aug 2018

Director
Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
Cast
Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson,  Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson,  Þorsteinn Bachmann
Details
89 mins, Subtitled, 2017, Iceland|France
Primary language
Icelandic

A dispute between neighbours spirals violently out of control in this dark and savage Icelandic suburban satire with bickering couples, mooning garden gnomes, disappearing pets... and a chainsaw.

When Baldvin (Sigurður Sigurjónsson) and Inga's (a hilarious performance Edda Björgvinsdóttir, a comedy legend in Iceland) neighbours complain that a tree in their garden cast a shadow over their sundeck, what starts off as a typical spat unexpectedly take takes a turn for the weird. As the standoff between the iron-willed couples intensifies, we learn more about their individual stories and the feud, and soon the unthinkable happens.

A wickedly funny and painfully astute film, it expertly balances both comedy (its deadpan humour is similar to another Icelandic hit, Rams) and tragedy - and we bet you won't look at a German Shepherd in the same way again...


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Audio Description
Baby
Baby screening
Bite
Cinébites meal deal
CTBA
Certificate to be announced
D
Dubbed
DS
Descriptive Subtitling
Intro
Introductory Talk
PR Intro
Pre-recorded Intro
PR QA
Pre-recorded Q&A
PS
Partially Subtitled
QA
Q&A Session
R
Recorded
S
Subtitled
Times TBC
To be confirmed