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Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
Starring: Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson
Genre: Comedy, drama
Duration: 89 mins

A man is accused of adultery and forced to move in with his parents while he fights for custody of his four-year-old daughter. There he is gradually sucked into a dispute between his parents and their neighbors over an old and beautiful tree. The film’s director, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, has said his inspiration for Under the Tree was Iceland’s high rate of “neighbour rage”: over-the-fence feuds between ordinary respectable people. He skilfully constructs his film as part-thriller, part-intelligent relationship drama, topped with a juicy dollop of savage black comedy.

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