Haukur (nickname Hawk) is a director from Reykjavík, Iceland. Obsessed with creating memorable images, his vision is best described as bold, raw and unexpected. He has a particular interest in genre bending stories that include sci-fi, drama, thrillers and black comedies. His work has screened at world-renowned festivals like Raindance, Nordisk Panorama, Tallin Black Nights and Santa Barbara. He’s been nominated for an Icelandic Film and TV award and won the special jury price at the Oscar qualifying Flickerfest in 2020. Haukur is currently in the late stages of writing an anthology series with Icelandic producer Sagafilm as well as developing two feature film projects.
Q & A
If the world you created in your film became a reality, is that a world you would want to live in? Is there a Sci-Fi world you’d buy a one-way ticket to?
I’d definitely not want to live in the world created in Heartless. A world where people are randomly (and forcefully) assigned a spouse in a lottery, sounds horrible. But then again, relationships where people do get to choose can also be bad. Who’s to say? Other sci-fi worlds that I find interesting are for example Futurama, Guardians of the Galaxy and Rick & Morty. All these worlds combine adventure and a lot of humor. Exploring new worlds on a spaceship sounds like a good time.
Name a Sci-Fi character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Sci-Fi spirit animal/spirit alien?
In many ways I relate to Jim Carey’s character in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind. In the film he learns that memories aren’t data that can be erased - as they are something deeply rooted in the construct of one’s character. For a while he tries to erase his memories because they hurt him but towards the end he steers away from his plan because he wants to keep the good and the bad. I get that.
Friend or Foe: humanoid robots with advanced artificial intelligence? What if robots start making their own Sci-Fi films? Will you support them in their endeavors?
I'd happily support robots in making films as long as they are good. I wonder who is going to pay for these films…
In 1996, Bugs Bunny recruited Michael Jordan and Bill Murray to form the greatest basketball squad of all-time, the Tune Squad; you’re Bugs, who’s on your Sci-Fi Tune Squad?
I’d pick Bender from Futurama, Doc Brown from Back to the Future, Trinity from The Matrix, The Black Widow and Princess Leia from Star Wars. We probably wouldn’t win many games but we’d have a great time all the same.
You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
I don’t think you need to get through bad ideas in order to get to the good ones - there’s no correlation. Your brain does the filtering automatically. Then you take what you consider a good idea and flush it out to see where it takes you. Most often the answer is nowhere but every now and then you come across something that you find worth spending your time on. What’s interesting is that the good ideas come at you differently: sometimes a whole story flashes before my eyes with all the characters, plots and twists. In other cases it’s just been a setting or a pair of characters and I’ve banged my head against the wall in order to find the essence of that story.