New Europe Film Sales has sold French rights to Icelandic suburban satire “Under the Tree,” directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson (“Paris of the North”) to Bac Films Distribution.
New Europe is headed by Jan Naszewski. “Under the Tree” is produced by Iceland’s Netop Films, Poland’s Madants and Denmark’s Profile Pictures. Shooting ended Aug. 30 with completion expected in April 2017.
Pic turns on a man forced to move back in in with his parents after his wife kicks him out. While he fights for custody of his 4-year-old daughter, he is gradually sucked into a dispute between his parents and their neighbors regarding an old and beautiful tree, which casts a shadow over the neighbors’ lawn, according to press notes. It stars Sigurdur Sigurjónsson (“Rams”), and it will be shot by Polish cinematographer Monika Lenczewska (“Difret,” “Imperial Dreams”).
“Under the Tree” had previously pre-sold the 2 million euro ($2.23 million) film, which is supported by the Icelandic Film Centre, Danish Film Institute, Polish Film Institute, the Nordisk TV & Film Fond and Eurimages, to Sena for Icelandic distribution and to RUV for free TV in Iceland. Scanbox has acquired Scandinavian rights.