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Atanarjuat The Fast Runner

Inuit epic set in ancient Igloolik, Atanarjuat The Fast Runner is a life-threatening struggle of love, jealousy, murder and revenge between powerful natural and supernatural characters, Canada's first feature film written, produced, directed, and acted by Inuit. 2001 Camera d'or, Cannes Film Festival; Best Picture, 2002 Genie Awards; #1 Canadian Film of the Decade, Macleans, CTV.

A film by Zacharias Kunuk, Paul Apak, Norman Cohn and Pauloosie Qulitalik

PRODUCTION INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2001
Duration:
172 minutes
Genre:
Drama based on historical legend
Production Company:
Igloolik Isuma Productions
Language:
Inuktitut with English, French s-t

Country: Canada
Region:
Igloolik; Nunavut, Canadian Arctic

Director: Zacharias Kunuk

Producers:
Zacharias Kunuk, Paul Apak Angilirq, Norman Cohn, Germaine YG Wong

Writer:
Paul Apak Angilirq

Director of Photography:
Norman Cohn

Sound Recordist:
Richard Lavoie

Editor(s):
Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn, Marie-Christine Sarda

Original Music:
Chris Crilly

Costumes:
Michelline Ammaq, Atuat Akkitiq

Principal Cast:
Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Madeline Ivalu, Paulossie Qulitalik, Eugene Ipkarnak

Executive Producer:
Sally Bochner

 

REVIEWS

“A masterpiece.... The first national cinema of the 21st century”

A.O. Scott, NY Times

“Mysterious, bawdy, emotionally intense, and replete with virtuoso throat singing, this three-hour movie is engrossing from first image to last, so devoid of stereotype and cosmic in its vision it could suggest the rebirth of cinema.”

Jim Hoberman, Village Voice

“Nothing less than a complete revelation and reinvention of cinematic form…. a definite ‘must-see’.”

Katherine Monk, Vancouver Sun

"An astonishing epic film"

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Un film d'une singulière beauté”

Jean-Michel Frodon, Le Monde

“A milestone...a fascinating cultural document”

Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail


SCREENINGS & TELEVISION:

Official Selection - Un Certain Regard -Winner Camera d'or (54th Cannes International Film Festival, May 2001)

Complete listings at the Atanarjuat companion Website

 

RELATED LINKS

Press Kit / / Film Stills
Companion website
Lesson Plans on Sila Inuit Educational
Atanarjuat on IMDB
Atanarjuat on Rotten Tomatoes
Atanarjuat on Metacritic
Atanarjuat on Amazon

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DISTRIBUTOR INFORMATION

Isuma Distribution International c/o VTape, wandav@vtape.org, +1.416.351.1317 fax-1509; info@isuma.ca, +1.514.486.0707 fax-9851.

Kitikmeot Inuit Association Social and Cultural Development

 The Department of Social and Cultural Development is responsible for planning, developing and managing KIA programs and services that enhance Inuit Culture, Language and wellness.


The Department is responsible for accessing third-party funding and ensuring programs and services offered reflect the needs of Beneficiaries.


The Department consists of 4 Staff: Julia Ogina-Programs Coordinator for Elders, Language & Culture, Sarah Jancke- Programs Coordinator Women & Youth, Vivienne Aleekee-Aknavigak-Benefits Agreement Coordinator & Jason Tologanak as Director.

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A short video of a song about caribou played by Ishamel Naulalik and a fashion show. Tarijaassaq tuttunik takussautittijut Iisimai naulaaliup inngiganga nillialluni. Tutturajanit, annuraaqsimajunit takussautittijut.

 

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Program name: Qaujisaut

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Program name: Inuusivut
Producer: Rankin Inlet - Broadcasting Corporation
Host: Emily Karetak
Segment 1: The Elders of Rankin Inlet play games during Christmas organized by the nursing station.
Segment 2: A Christmas concert in Rankin Inlet.

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Program name: Takujuminaqtut / Takuyuminaqtut
Producer: Rankin Inlet - Inuit Broadcasting Corporation
Host: John Ayaruak
Segment 1: Rankin Inlet’s Kisarvik Co-op board members have a public meeting.
Segment 2: The Canadian military conducts some exercises in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.

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Program name: Takujuminaqtut / Takuyuminaqtut
Producer: Rankin Inlet - Inuit Broadcasting Corporation
Host: Leo Subgut
Segment 1: The whole video is about a music talent show in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut.

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Program name: Inuusivut
Producer: Rankin Inlet - Inuit Broadcasting Corporation
Host: Emily Karetak
Segment 1: Simon Teenar from Whale Cove talks about the earlier years of his life. He talks about the starvation in his group.
Segment 2: Music Festival in Arviat.

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