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Play It by Ear: Hildur's Musical Intuitions

Hildur Guðnadóttir, moderated by Anas Sareen

“As a person in the community, I think it's been really great to be a part of a larger conversation about the gender balance and diversity in the industry.”

“I've just always loved story-telling and I think that is something films are really incredible for.”

“I really wanted to go into his (Joker's) head.”

Whether to match the mind of the ultimate social misfit or the fallout of a nuclear catastrophe, Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir keeps an ear out for the eccentric. A challenge to the predictable stirrings of television and film drama, her Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe awarded scores are born out of a self-avowed need to apprehend narratives “physically” and approach collaborations intuitively. This is particularly true of the elegiac soundtrack she produced for the drama series Chernobyl, composed solely out of mechanical noises recorded in a Lithuanian nuclear power station. Hildur’s ability to stir things up is undaunted, even facing classical narratives like that of Joker, leading director Todd Phillips to take the atypical step of shooting footage in response to her orchestral score.

Camille Blake

Hildur Guðnadóttir

Hildur Gudnadóttir is an Academy Award-, Golden Globe-, 2x Grammy-, BAFTA-, and Emmy-winning Icelandic artist, who has been manifesting herself at the forefront of experimental pop and contemporary. Her work for Film, Television, and Video Games includes "Battlefield 2042", "Joker", and "Chernobyl". Hildur was named Television Composer of the Year and Film Composer of the Year by the World Soundtrack Academy. Her latest projects are the critically acclaimed films "TÁR", directed by Todd Field, and the Sarah Polley film "Women Talking".

Shane McMillan

Anas Sareen

Anas Sareen is a Swiss fiction filmmaker currently editing his first short film "January". He is also beginning work on a debut feature, provisionally titled "Good People".