Your film “Half Elf” which is based on your graduation film you produced for your master in M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology (at FU Berlin) is now streaming on Netflix. First of all, congratulations! What came to your mind when you got this good news?
Thank you! I think gratitude is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the success of the film in general. After a long and rough three-year process of making and producing a film without a budget and trying to get it out in the midst of a pandemic, being able to screen it at many international festivals where it entered competitions and won several prizes, was a wonderful recognition of the hard work everyone involved had put into this.
Knowing that millions of viewers in many different countries will now be able to stream it from the comfort of their homes, feels surreal to say the least. And while it is impossible to know what the main protagonists of the film think about all this; I suspect that they are enjoying the ride even more than me from wherever they are.
I am especially grateful for all the good people who believed in this project from the beginning and were willing to give their work to see it come through. These include my partner Hlín Ólafsdóttir, who produced the film with me and composed the music, Andy Lawrence, my MA supervisor and associate producer, Veronika Janatková, dramaturg and associate producer, amongst family members and great friends who gave their hearts and souls into this without getting much in return. Furthermore, I am of course extremely grateful for my protagonists and grandparents Hulda and Trausti, who were willing to go on this journey with me giving all they had to portray their truth on camera for their grandson and now the wider world.