Under the Tree (Undir trénu) | Denver Film Society | Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson | Iceland

Under the Tree

Undir trénu

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson

IcelandicEnglish SubtitlesIceland201789 min


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Icelandic director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson presents a dark vision of modern life in sleek, bleak suburbia, where social needs are met but social relations remain wanting, in this pitch-black comedy of manners.

A simple yard tree serves as the slow-burning catalyst for an interpersonal conflagration, as an older couple who ought to know better becomes embroiled in a remorseless dispute with the neighbors that ratchets out of control. Meanwhile, their son, Atli, is caught in a compromising position by his wife, who throws him out of the house and forbids him to see his young daughter.

Our sheer pride and stupidity as a species, as well as our inability to hold ourselves accountable for our actions, serve as the framework for both the wicked humor and the tragedy to be found in the foibles of humanity.

Producer: Grímar Jónsson, Sindri Páll Kjartansson, Thor Sigurjonsson | Editor: Kristján Loðmfjörð | Cinematographer: Monika Lenczewska | Screenwriter: Huldar Breiðfjörð, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
Cast: Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Selma Björnsdóttir

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