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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.

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Hildur Guðnadóttir

Hildur Guðnadóttir is an Icelandic composer, cello player and singer. Her work for film and television includes SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO and MARY MAGDALENE. For JOKER she received an Oscar and a Golden Globe for best original score. For her work on the HBO series CHERNOBYL, she received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special and a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Anas Sareen

Anas Sareen is a Swiss screenwriter and dramatist based in Paris. Alongside preparing his first short film as a director, he is currently co-staging a theatre and dance piece with French artist Olivier de Sagazaan, due to be shown at the upcoming Venice Dance Biennale.