Matteo lives outside the town of Kugluktuk, accessible only by plane, with his Inuit wife, Amanda, and their son, Thomas. He has lived in the area for more than twenty years because of his passion for living in the wild. Flortje visits the family at their home, which is accessible only by quad bike across the tundra.
“It’s hard, but I grew up with it and we’re raising our son the same way,” Amanda says. “If you deal with it from an early age, you adapt. You hunt to eat, you hunt to eat, you pick berries.” About their lifestyle. “It’s hard work sometimes, but I don’t think I could live in the village again.”
Although she finds it difficult not being able to visit her sister spontaneously, for example: “I have to plan things in advance and I have to take the weather into consideration. The weather dictates how we live and travel.”
For his work as a director, Matthew goes out for days shooting in extreme conditions. “I’ve always been drawn to the cold. I don’t really know why. When I was a boy, I loved to play outside when the ponds were frozen. When I was studying, my window was always open in the winter and I slept without heating in my small apartment,” he says. “When I woke up, I could see puffs of breath because it was so cold inside.” “People thought I was crazy, but I wanted to train so I would be prepared in case I found myself in the wilderness later.”
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