UNDER THE TREE
Country: Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Poland
Running Time: 89min
Film Year: 2017
Category: Cinema 360º
It starts with a tree. Two couples, different as can be, take part in the usual snide gossip regarding those who live next door. But when a confrontation centered around Inga and Baldvin’s tree, which is casting a shadow on their neighbors Konrad and Eybjorg’s porch, comes to a boiling point, things go from childish to catastrophic.
Iceland’s official submission to the 2018 Academy Awards, Under the Tree is a pitch-black comedy of manners. Filled with acerbic wit and expertly crafted pacing and plot escalation, it’s a stark reminder of how hard it can be for us to let the small things go, sometimes to the detriment of humanity.
Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar
Producer: Grímar Jónsson Sindri, Páll Kjartansson Þórir, Snær Sigurjónsson, Caroline Schlüter, Bingestam Ditte, Milsted Jacob Jarek, Klaudia Smieja Beata, Rzezniczek Jamila, Wenske Sol Bondy
Screenwriter: Hafsteinn Gunnar, Sigurðsson Huldar Breiðfjörð
Production Company: Netop Films, Profile Pictures, Madants, One Two Films
Music: Daníel Bjarnason
Cinematographer: Monika Lenczewska
Editor: Kristján Loðmfjörð