Icelandic film UNDER THE TREE heading to Venice

Icelandic director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s new film Under the Tree has been selected for the Orizzonti section at the Venice Film Festival.

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 rumour that the neighbour was seen with a chainsaw.

This will be Sigurdsson’s third feature film; the other two being Paris of the North in 2014 and Either Way in 2011. The film was written by Sigurdsson and Huldar Breidfjörd and produced by Grímar Jónsson, Sindri Páll Kjartansson and Thor Sigurjonsson on behalf of Netop Films. It is a co-production with the countries of Denmark, Poland and Germany.

This will be the films world premiere.

The Venice Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world and one of the most prestigious. The festival was established in 1932 and will be held for the 74th time from the 30th of August until the 9th of September.

Take a look at the trailer for Paris of the North below.


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.