Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner


(out of 5)

This gorgeously shot film by Zacharias Kunuk is the first feature to be made in the language of Inuktitut. In a remote Innu village in the Arctic, a shaman brings evil down upon the land which manifests itself years later with the rivalry between friendly Atanarjuat and the chief’s jealous son Oki. Atanarjuat romances the local beauty who was promised to Oki as a child, and marries her after his rival loses a bet. From there, a heartstopping tale of bitter revenge, survival and the intervention of the spirit world unfolds before your eyes, rich with cultural detail and human drama. Excellent acting and a glimpse into a rarely represented Canadian culture make this an experience of a most unique nature.

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Canada, 2001

Directed by

Screenplay by , additional material by , Zacharias Kunuk, ,

Cinematography by

Produced by Paul Apak Angilirq, Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk,

Independent Spirit Awards 2002.

New York Film Critics Awards 2002.  

Online Film Critics Awards 2002.  

Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2002.  

Toronto International Film Festival 2001

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