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Under the Tree

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
Undir trénu
Iceland, France 2017 / 89’
U - July 22 Valley of Shadows

The suburbs of Reykjavik, fresh air, peace and quiet and perfectly trimmed green lawns. This idyllic atmosphere can't last forever, however, as a conflict between neighbors breaks out at one of the housing estates. The bone of contention is a giant old tree belonging to Baldvin and Inga that casts a shadow on Eybjorg and Konrad's garden. This trivial problem gets blown completely out of proportion, the previously polite neighbors are pushed over the edge, and wild emotions get the better of common sense. Someone is puncturing car tires and pets start to disappear under unexplained circumstances. Security cameras need to be installed. A rumor starts to spread that one of the neighbors was seen with a chainsaw.

M2 Films

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson was born in Reykjavík, Iceland in 1978. He studied screenwriting and film directing at Columbia University, New York. His first feature film Either Way screened at more than 50 film festivals around the world and was re-made in the US as Prince Avalanche. In 2012, Hafsteinn Gunnar was selected as “Variety’s Ten European Directors to Watch”. Paris of the North is his second feature film, Under the Tree is his third feature film.


2007 Skröltormar (short)

2011 Tak czy siak / Á annan veg / Either Way

2014 París norðursins / Paris of the North

2017 W cieniu drzewa / Undir trénu / Under the Tree

Cast & Crew

director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
screenplay Huldar Breiðfjörð, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
cinematography Monika Lenczewska
editing Kristján Loðmfjörð
music Daníel Bjarnason
cast Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson
producer Grímar Jónsson, Sindri Páll, Thor Sigurjonsson
production Netop Films, DI Factory, Det Danske Filminstitut, Eurimages, Icelandic Film Center, Madants, Ministry of Industries and Innovation, Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond, ONE TWO Films, Polish Film Institute, Profile Pictures, RUV, ZDF/Arte
Polish distributor M2 Films
language Icelandic
colouration colour