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Born in Reykjavík, Iceland |

Hannes wanted to study film-making and was not satisfied with the educational options available in Iceland. After doing his research he determined that Toronto would be the place to pursue his film career. Hannes had also never lived outside of Europe and he longed to see what life in North America would be like. Since arriving in 2010 he says he has felt right at home and Toronto is a city that never fails to surprise him. Hannes finds it to be full of kind people who have made the transition easy for him.

Toronto as Home

For the past year Hannes has been living in Roncesvalles, in Toronto’s west end. When he first visited the neighbourhood he says he felt an immediate connection to it – especially the local coffee shops and general vibe. The Revue Cinema is a favourite non-profit cinema.

“It really is the essence of why I love this neighborhood so much.”

There is always something interesting showing, whether it is an old classic film or the live screening of the Oscar’s. Venues such as this are important to a young filmmaker.

Connection with the Past

This is a traditional Icelandic wool sweater that Hannes wears frequently.

“Every Icelander has their own wool sweater and no two are the same.” 

Hannes’ mother knitted it for him, and it has helped him get through the cold Icelandic and Canadian winters.

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