Feature Film

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Zacharias Kunuk's picture

by Zacharias Kunuk

31 December 2009

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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

View our catalogue to order Atanarjuat Products

 

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.

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Duration:

2h 41m 51s

Tagged:

Atanarjuat, Atanarjuat The Fast Runner, drum, fast runner, ift_community_Igloolik, Igloolik, Isuma, katajjaq (throat song), pisiq (traditional song), purple saxifrage, qijuktaq (plant for fires), The Fast Runner, Zacharias Kunuk

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

About

Norman Cohn's picture

by Norman Cohn

05 November 2014

73852 views

The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, by Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn, 112 mins. 2005. Second feature in The Fast Runner Trilogy. 

Isuma Distribution International and Vtape, isuma [at] vtape [dot] org, info [at] isuma [dot] tv, wandav [at] vtape [dot] org.

Press Kit: requires PDF reader

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Duration:

1h 53m 8s

Tagged:

1922, 1923, Arctic, Avva, Christianity, conversion, ift_community_Igloolik, Inuit, Journals of Knud Rasmussen, mask, Norman Cohn, religion, Shamanism, syllabics, toys, Umik, Zacharias Kunuk

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Keewatin Region, NU, Canada

About

mikisoq's picture

by mikisoq

06 December 2009

5650 views

3900 Picures has produced the first international feature film from Greenland. The film is titled "Nuummioq" and was shot during the summer of 2008 in Nuuk and surrounding fjords. The film premiered in Katuaq Culture Center in Nuuk the 1st of november 2009 and is selected in World competition catagory at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

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Duration:

2m 6s

Languages:

Danish Dansk, Kalaallisut

About

Marie-Hélène Cousineau's picture

by Marie-Hélène Cousineau

30 October 2009

39389 views

Third Inuit feature (2009) in The Fast Runner Trilogy.

Winner of Best Canadian First Feature at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, Before Tomorrow is the first feature film written and directed by Igloolik's Arnait Video Productions women's collective, which have been filming Inuit women's stories since 1991. Story based on For Morgendaggen by Jorn Riel.

Circa 1840. Two isolated families meet after many years. It is summer; a happy time to celebrate their reunion. Despite the joyful mood, Ningiuq, an old woman of strength and wisdom, cannot stop worrying. Is it the illness of her best friend, Kutuguk, who is preparing to die? Or is it the strange foreign object that Maniq, her favourite grandson, found on the beach? .

After a successful fishing season, the families decide to dry the winter's catch on a remote island. Ningiuq volunteers to take on this chore. Her faithful grandson Maniq follows her, as does the old Kutuguk. As the cold of fall begins the three wait in vain for the hunters to return. When the first snow falls Ningiuq decides to return to the main camp with Maniq to see what has happened to the others

Reviews

"A profound, elemental and hauntingly beautiful period drama that makes an intimate story of endurance into a metaphor for an entire culture." Alissa Simon, Variety.

"Mesmerizingly beautiful, with heartbreaking performances by the principals, this third film in the trilogy from Igloolik Isuma Productions...has maybe 10 pages of dialogue, but it flies by." Susan Cole, Now Magazine.

"A mythic quality, a sense of symbolism and spirits that seem to rise from the tundra.... Before Tomorrow is about the end of the end." Jay Stone, National Post.

More about this film.

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Duration:

1h 32m 23s

Tagged:

before tomorrow, downloadable, ift_community_Igloolik

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Keewatin Region, NU, Canada

About

IsumaTV's picture

by IsumaTV

27 October 2009

16418 views

Duration:

1m 38s

Tagged:

VOD

Location:

Canada

About

Marie-Hélène Cousineau's picture

by Marie-Hélène Cousineau

26 October 2009

23034 views

Synopsis: In 1840, two isolated Inuit families reunite in celebration after many years of separation. These tribes have never met any white people, although rumours circulate about them. When Ninioq, an old woman, her best friend, Kuutujuuk, and her grandson, Maniq leave camp to dry fish on a remote island a strange illness attacks the camp.

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Duration:

56s

Tagged:

before tomorrow, community, ift_community_OldIglulik, Inuit women, sacrifice, survival

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

About

Marie-Hélène Cousineau's picture

by Marie-Hélène Cousineau

25 October 2009

12499 views

This film documents the teamwork behind the feature "Before Tomorrow" produced by Igloolik Isuma Productions with Arnait Video Collective. Portraits of the art director and the co-directors of the film. Inuktitut and English sub-titles.

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Duration:

10m 36s

Tagged:

arnait feature, before tomorrow, madelin ivalu, marie cousineau, Susan Avingaq

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Keewatin Region, NU, Canada

About

Norman Cohn's picture

by Norman Cohn

21 October 2009

12194 views

Funny, fascinating, behind the scenes view by Greenland filmmaker Kenneth Rasmussen.

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Duration:

42m 55s

Tagged:

adventurer, anthropologist, Apak, Christian missionaries, dreams, Elise Lund Larsen, Explorer, Igloolik, Iglulik, Knud Rasmussen, Norman Cohn, Peter Freuchen, shaman Avva, Therkel Mathiassen, trader, Vibeke Vogel, Zacharias Kunuk

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Keewatin Region, NU, Canada

About

Gabriela Gamez's picture

by Gabriela Gamez

29 May 2009

22580 views

Trailer of the first Inuit feature film Atanarjuat The Fast Runner, a life-threatening struggle of love, jealousy, murder and revenge between powerful natural and supernatural characters set in ancient Igloolik.

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Duration:

2m 48s

Tagged:

atanarjuat trailer, ift_community_Igloolik, Isuma, trailer

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

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DonaldMorin's picture

by DonaldMorin

17 January 2009

7287 views

Feature Film was shown at two film festivals, and a forty minute version was shown at the 2004 convention of Society of Cinema and Media Studies Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, 2004. Screenplay by Donald Morin, additonal writing by Gunargie O'Sullivan. Due to political nature of film, never completely shoot screenplay, due to difficulty in obtaining funding.

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Duration:

1h 28m 18s

Tagged:

7 Fires 4 U...Kitchi Manitou, action, donald morin, Experimental Narrative, land, Morin, Native resistance, resistance

Location:

Edmonton, AB, Canada