Hannu Salonen was born on the West coast of Finland in 1972. Even before receiving his school-leaving certificate he had already made several shorts, documentaries and a music video. In 1993, he began studies at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb). His films include various short films and documentaries. Downhill City was his first feature film. His other films are: EinTeenager flippt aus (TV, 2001) and All' Arrabbiata - Eine kochende Leidenschaft (TV, 2001).