Under The Tree


Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson , Iceland, Denmark, Poland, Germany, 2017

Type: Drama, Live Action, Comedy, Feature Film
Prod. Year: 2017
Running Time: 89 min.
Language: Icelandic
Production Company: Netop Films, Profile Pictures, Madants, One Two Films
Country: Iceland, Denmark, Poland, Germany
Type of material:

Agnes throws Atli out and does not want him to see their daughter Ása anymore. He moves in with his parents, who are involved in a bitter dispute over their big and beautiful tree that casts a shadow on the neighbours’ deck. As Atli fights for the right to see his daughter, the dispute with the neighbours intensifies – property is damaged, pets mysteriously go missing, security cameras are being installed and there is a rumor that the neighbor was seen with a chainsaw.


🏆 Orizzonti Competition - Venice Film Festival
🏆 Contemporary World Cinema - TIFF

With the support of the Creative Europe Programme - MEDIA



“the sharpest comedy to come from Iceland in a decade.”
- TIFF's Steve Gravestock


“Sigurdsson packs so much emotional depth into his accomplished third feature… Near-perfect calibration between family drama and black comedy. Easy to watch, funny and thoughtful... has the audience literally torn between laughter and tears...”


“Under the Tree is like a Michael Haneke film on laughing gas.”
- The Dallas Morning News


"a perceptive exploration of spiralling domestic tensions... Inspiring ample laughs as well as palpable unease... sharp, stylishly-made..."
- Screen International