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Facts at a glance

COMPANY

Production Company
Igloolik Isuma Productions Inc.

Company contact information
P.O. Box 223
Igloolik, Nunavut
CANADA
X0A 0L0
+1.867.934.8809 / fax .8700
Montréal:
+1.514.486.0707 / fax .9851
web: www.isuma.tv/isumaproductions
email: info@isuma.ca

Co-Producer
National Film Board of Canada

FILM

English Title: The Fast Runner

Original title: Atanarjuat

Language: Inuktitut

Other languages or subtitles: English/French

Running Time: 172 min

Theme: Drama based on historical legend

Category/Format: Independent Fiction Feature

Internet Site: www.isuma.tv/atanarjuat

Production Date: December 31, 2000

FILM CREDITS

Director: Zacharias Kunuk

Screenplay: Paul Apak Angilirq

Editing: Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn, Marie-Christine Sarda

Photography: Norman Cohn

Music: Chris Crilly

Art Direction: James Ungalaaq

Costumes: Micheline Ammaq, Atuat Akkitirq

Producers: Paul Apak Angilirq, Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk

Executive Producer, National Film Board: Sally Bochner

Producer, National Film Board: Germaine Ying Gee Wong

CAST

Natar Ungalaaq (Atanarjuat)
Sylvia Ivalu (Atuat)
Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq (Oki)
Lucy Tulugarjuk (Puja)
Madeline Ivalu (Panikpak)
Pauloosie Qulitalik (Qulitalik)
Abraham Ulayuruluk (Tungajuaq)
Eugene Ipkarnak (Sauri)

FILM SYNOPSIS

Atanarjuat is Canada's first feature-length fiction film written, produced, directed, and acted by Inuit. An exciting action thriller set in ancient Igloolik, the film unfolds as a life-threatening struggle of love, jealousy, murder and revenge between powerful natural and supernatural characters.

FILM DISTRIBUTION

Theatrical
Isuma Distribution International (World Sales Agent))
Alliance Atlantis/Odeon Films Inc. (Canada)
Lot 47 Films (USA)
Rezo Films (France)
Contact Films (Netherlands)
ICA Projects (UK)
Essential Films (Australia)

TV
Alliance Atlantis/Odeon Films (Canada)
Lot 47 Films (USA)
Rezo Films (France)
Contact Film (Netherlands)
ICA Projects (UK)

Non-theatrical (Canada)
National Film Board of Canada

Internet
Isuma Distribution International

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

6 Genie Awards - Including Best Picture
Canada's Official Selection - Foreign Language Oscar
CTV Best of Fest Award (Next Fest 2001 - Digital Motion Picture Festival)
Special Jury Prize and the Prix du Public (Festival International du nouveau Cinema et des nouveaux Medias de Montreal 2001)
Winner of the Toronto - City Award for Best Canadian Feature Film (2001 Toronto International Film Festival)
Co-Winner of the Guardian Award for Best New Director (2001 Edinburgh International Film Festival)
Winner of the Camera d'or for best first feature film (2001 Cannes International Film Festival)

Go to complete festival listings

BUDGET

$1.31 million US ($1.96 million CDN)

YEAR OF PRODUCTION

2000

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Film format: 35mm

Aspect Ratio: 1.85

Number of Reels: 9

Footage: 15, 691 ft

Film sound: Dolby SRD

Video format: Digital betacam 16:9 widescreen

Produced with the participation of:
Canadian Television Fund
created by the Government of Canada
and the Cable Industry
Telefilm: Equity Investment Program
CTF: License Fee Programme

and
Channel 24 Igloolik
Vision TV
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
Government of Canada Film Tax Credit

With assistance from:
Government of the Northwest Territories
Baffin Business Development Centre
Kakivak Association
Canada Council
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
First Air
CBC