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‘Under the Tree’ – 23rd September at 8pm | €7
Dir: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson.
Starring: Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson.
Film Info: 89 mins, France, Iceland, 2017, Cert: Club.
The shade from a front-yard tree brings the already simmering tensions between two families in an Icelandic suburb to boiling point. Pitch black in its humour, Under the Tree is a dark and wry drama.
Grieving Inga and put-upon husband Baldvin are the proud owners of the area’s only tree. Next door, amateur marksman Konrad lives with his new, much younger wife, the athletic Eybjorg – whose mere appearance incites torrents of expletives from Inga. Eybjorg is infuriated by the way the overhanging branches of Inga’s beloved tree block the sunshine. Absurdly hilarious and psychologically astute, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, expertly draws out the repressed anger and grief of his characters. An excellent cast perfectly tread the line between comedy and drama.
Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards 2018 – Winner DFCC Best Cinematography Monika Lenczewska (director of photography)
Venice Film Festival 2017 – Venice Horizons Award – Best Film – Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
Good fences make very bad neighbours in Icelandic writer-director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s black-frost comedy of suburban mores. – Guy Lodge, Variety
Everyday black humour seesaws with drama – Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter