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SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT - UNDER THE TREE

Friday 10th August at 7:30pm

Tickets: $20 including a glass of wine

Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

Cast: Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson

 

LANGUAGE: Icelandic with English subtitles

 

Thirty-something Atli has been thrown out of his marital home, accused of cheating, and has temporarily moved back in with his parents: stern mother Inga and put-upon father Baldvin (Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Rams ScandiFF15). Next door, their old friend Konrad now lives with his new, much younger wife, the athletic Eybjorg – whose mere appearance incites torrents of expletives from Inga.

 

Eybjorg is infuriated by the way the overhanging branches of Inga’s giant tree block the precious sunshine from their deck, but Inga is resolute in forbidding her husband from trimming it back. Whilst Atli’s desperate and socially questionable attempts to contact his wife and their daughter intensify, the across-the-fence dispute between the neighbouring couples escalates – property is damaged, pets go missing and security cameras are installed…

 

Universal yet singularly Nordic, Sigurðsson’s darkly funny, mordant and compulsively watchable story of bad behaviour in otherwise polite surroundings gradually takes the petty bourgeois tensions on display to rollicking, gasp-worthy extremes. You may find yourself nervously laughing the next time you want to talk to your neighbours about the noise.

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