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Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson – Under the Tree #Venezia74

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The dark side of being part of a community

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PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, director of the film Under the Tree.

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Director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson presented his film Under the Tree at the 2017 Venice Film Festival in the Orizzonti section. The filmmaker describes the film as his biggest one yet. Despite its dark themes, it makes also makes a great use of sense of irony that makes the plot compelling. Sigurdsson talks about what prompted him to return to these themes, the important of location in the movie, and more.

Under the Tree: 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 rumor that the neighbor was seen with a chainsaw.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Under the Tree
  • Festival section
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