Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

Under the Tree


Year: 2017
Run Time: 89 minutes

Under the Tree
Under the Tree
Under the Tree

After his wife throws him out for suspected infidelity, Atli takes refuge at his parents’. But refuge it is decidedly not. He finds his parents involved in an increasingly ugly dispute over the tree in their front yard, which casts an unwanted shadow on the neighbor’s deck. Atli’s mom and the neighbor’s wife dislike and distrust each other and the arboreal issue isn’t helping. As Atli tries to reconcile with his wife and see his daughter, his parents’ battle is escalating to an alarming degree. Tires are flattened, pets go missing, security cameras are installed, and a new chainsaw seems to have entered the picture. The events occurring UNDER THE TREE are about to spiral horribly out of control. This gruesome black dramedy is an incisive parable for our tense and suspicious times, showing how minor conflicts can become bloody wars when paranoia and fear find deeper roots than our humanity. UNDER THE TREE lies the shade of uneasy truths that will chill you to the bone. (In Icelandic with subtitles) —C.R.

UNDER THE TREE was selected as Iceland’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film for this year’s Academy Awards®.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 9:25 PM

Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 3:20 PM

After Hours
Nordic Adventures

International Narrative Competition


Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1978. He is a graduate of the prestigious film program at Columbia University in New York. His first feature “Either Way” screened at film festivals around the world and was re-made in the United States as “Prince Avalanche,” starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch.

Either Way (2011), Paris of the North (2014), UNDER THE TREE (2017)

Grimar Jonsson

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, Huldar Breidfjörd

Monika Lenczewska

Kristján Loðmfjörð

Principal Cast
Sigurdur Sigurjónsson

Print Source

This film is presented with the generous support of LYNN MILLINER and MIKE FLUELLEN.

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