Under the Tree


The Main 3 Sat, Apr 21, 2018 7:25 PM
The Main 3 Wed, Apr 25, 2018 9:45 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Original Title:Undir trénu
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:Midnight Sun
Tags:Oscar Submission
Culture & Society
Dark Comedy
Family Drama
Release Year:2017
Runtime:89 min
Festivals & Awards:Best Film
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor - Edda Awards
Best Director Comedy Feature - Austin Fantastic Fest
Krzysztof Kieslowski Award Best Film - Denver International Film Festival
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Magnolia Pictures
Director:Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
Producer:Grímar Jónsson
Sindri Páll Kjartansson
Porir Snær Sigurjónsson
Cinematographer:Monika Lenczewska
Screenwriter:Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
Huldar Breiðfjörð
Editor:Kristján Loðmfjörð
Composer:Daniel Bjarnason
Principal Cast:Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson
Edda Björgvinsdóttir
Sigurður Sigurjónsson
Lára Jóhanna Jónsdóttir
Þorsteinn Bachmann
Selma Björnsdóttir
Dóra Jóhannsdóttir
Sigríður Sigurpálsdóttir Scheving
Filmography:Either Way ('11)
Paris of the North ('14)


A dark dramedy about clashing neighbors, director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s film Under the Tree lets the ire between two couples reach its boiling point from underneath an intrusive suburban tree. True to the film’s title, a longstanding feud between two couples reaches its climax over a tree on Inga and Baldvin’s lawn that is causing too much shade on the property of Konrad and Eybjorg. Tempers flare, and through this seemingly superficial argument we learn more about the couples’ inner workings, including the events—some tragic—that have shaped them and their increasingly unhinged behaviors. 

At times both heart-wrenching and hilarious, this multinational production (a collaboration between Iceland, Denmark and Poland) is sure to be remembered for its dueling narrative about neighborhood politics, marital strife and the understandable fury that stems from being at too close quarters with people you despise.

Director Biography

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson is an Icelandic director, writer and producer born in Reykjavik in 1978. He studied film at Columbia University and the University of Iceland. Along with Under the Tree his filmography includes Paris of the North (’14) and Either Way (’11).



"Each character resonates as a problematic individual whose foolishness escalates first into drama, then tragedy." - Hollywood Reporter