Iceland, Denmark


The coming of age story of a 67-year-old man: When Hannes retires from his job as a janitor the void that is the rest of his life begins. He is estranged from his family, hardly has any friends and the relationship with his wife has faded. Through drastic events, Hannes realises that he has to adjust his life in order to help someone he loves. VOLCANO is a love story about dealing with the choices of the past and the difficulties of the present in order to embrace the future

Director's Statement

An old-fashioned man who cannot express his love, is someone most of us, if not all, know. VOLCANO is more than a coming of age story of a 67-year-old man, who cannot show his emotions. VOLCANO is also a story about a family and how three generations deal with their past, present and future. Love story: All of the main characters in the film have some flaws, no one is perfect. People who love, suffer, get by. Blindly they try to find an outlet for their emotions, their love, The path can be rocky when you have armoured your heart with distance, silence, anger... The visual and audio storytelling are important tools to show emotions and the narrative has certain real feeling and approach, but the simplicity of the sound and visual design I feel gives the film a certain poesy, Andreas Dresden's respect for his characters and the portrayal of them in WOLKE 9, Bergmann's inner drama, the mise-en-scène of Lynn Ramsey’s short films and her film RATCATCHER, the visual outcome of the pairing of Slawomir Idziak and Kieslowski as well as Tarkovsky's works and ideas about time, have all had an influence on me for the last few years which I have put into my cocktail mixer and worked from when I have been doing my short films. I have the good fortune to have good people around me that share, understand and help my vision, each time, to become a reality. And together we have been developing our common filmic language.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Rúnar Rúnarsson

Written by: Rúnar Rúnarsson

Produced by: Thor Sigurjonsson, Skuli Malmquist, Egil Dennerline

Cinematography: Sophia Olsson

Editing: Jacob Schulsinger

Production Design: Haukur Karlsson

Original Score: Kjartan Sveinsson

Cast: Theodór Júlíusson, Margrét Jóhannsdóttir, Thorsten Bachmann, Elma Lísa Gunnarsdóttir

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2011