Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner)

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Un Certain Regard - Official Selection - Cannes 2001
Winner Camera d'or for Best First Feature Film
Canada's Official Selection - Foreign Language Oscar® !
Winner of 6 Genie Awards!
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Editing, Claude Jutra


Best Canadian Feature Film (2001 Toronto International Film Festival)
Co-Winner, Guardian Award for Best New Director (2001 Edinburgh International Film Festival)
Grand Prix of the Flemish Community for Best Film (2001 Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent)
Special Jury Prize and the Prix du Public (Festival International du nouveau Cinema et des nouveaux Medias de Montreal 2001)
CTV Best of Fest Award (Next Fest 2001 - Digital Motion Picture Festival)
Best Film (ImagineNATIVE Media Arts Festival)
Best Feature Film (2001 Sante Fe International Festival)
Best Feature Film (2002 San Diego International Film Festival)
Audience Award (2002 Newport International Film Festival)
Audience Award (2002 Lake Placid Film Forum)
Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress (2002 American Indian Film Festival)
Best Feature-Length Mountain Fiction Film (2002 Banff Mountain Film Festival)

Igloolik is a community of 1200 people located on a small island in the north Baffin region of the Canadian Arctic with archeological evidence of 4000 years of continuous habitation. Throughout these millennia, with no written language, untold numbers of nomadic Inuit renewed their culture and traditional knowledge for every generation entirely through storytelling.

Our film Atanarjuat is part of this continuous stream of oral history carried forward into the new millennium through a marriage of Inuit storytelling skills and new technology.

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 between powerful natural and supernatural characters.

Atanarjuat gives international audiences a more authentic view of Inuit culture and oral tradition than ever before, from the inside and through Inuit eyes.

For countless generations, Igloolik elders have kept the legend of Atanarjuat alive to teach young Inuit the danger of setting personal desire above the needs of the group.

The tale of making the film is itself made up of many stories...


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    Atanarjuat The Fast Runner

    dedicated to
    Amelia Angilirq
    (1957-2000)

    and to
    Paul Apak Angilirq
    (1954-1998)

    writer
    Paul Apak Angilirq

    director
    Zacharias Kunuk

    photography
    Norman Cohn

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    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 & TV
    Isuma Distribution International (World Sales Agent)
    eOne / Entertainement One (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)

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    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

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    uploaded date: 15-10-2009