Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Canada, 2001.  , , , , , , , , , .  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, .  

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.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2001

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