Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s (Paris Of The North) new movie Under The Tree (Undir trénu) has been selected for the Contemporary World Cinema section of the Toronto International Film Festival (7 – 17 September), following its premiere at the Venice Film Festival (30 August – 9 September).
Under The Tree follows Atli (Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson) who is accused of adultery by Agnes (Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir) and forced to move in with his parents. While he fights for custody of his four-year-old daughter Ása, he is gradually sucked into a dispute between his parents and their neighbours over an old and beautiful tree.
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 even a rumour that the neighbour has been seen with a chainsaw…
Under the Tree, written by Sigurdsson and Huldar Breidfjörd, is Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s third feature, after Either Way (2011) and Paris of the North (2014).