MUN Cinema Series: Under the Tree
Thursday, Sept. 27, 7-8:30 p.m.
Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre, Avalon Mall
UNDER THE TREE (Iceland, Poland, Denmark, Germany, France 2017) 89 min. Directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson. With Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Þorsteinn Bachmann et al. There are five contributing nations to this wonderful film, but rest assured this is a decidedly Icelandic story. Set in suburban Reykjavik, this is a parable of all-too-familiar import. A large beautiful tree in one family’s yard casts a long, sun-blocking patch of shade over another. Good trees do not necessarily make good neighbours and before you can say where’s the pruner the confrontation escalates to menacing proportions. Apparently, Icelanders share the same dark side of humanity as the rest of us. With a nod to the Oscar-winning NFB short Neighbours, Under the Tree is a dark and savage satire with a grounding, like all good satire, in the reality of the human condition. It’s not always pretty but you sure can recognize it when you see it.
Presented by MUN Cinema