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Atanarjuat The Fast Runner

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First Inuit feature (2001) in The Fast Runner Trilogy. Stream film or Download Trilogy (pay-what-you-can) in SD, 720p or full 1080p HD.   /  Atanarjuat Companion Website

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First Inuit feature (2001) in The Fast Runner Trilogy. Stream film or Download Trilogy (pay-what-you-can) in SD, 720p or full 1080p HD.   /  Atanarjuat Companion Website


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
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Atanarjuat on Metacritic
Atanarjuat on Amazon

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DISTRIBUTOR INFORMATION

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

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Commentaires

Portrait de Anonymous

 Beautiul and captivating. I love feeling my mind open and take in all of what is so far away from what I know as living. A true appreciation for all of human kind. No matter where we live, we feel all the same emotions as human beings.

Portrait de Anonymous
Truly an amazing movie besides the poor quality of video streaming.
Portrait de Anonymous
Truly an amazing movie besides the poor quality of video streaming.
Portrait de Anonymous

sadly this was unwatchable because the audio had about 2 seconds dely to the video

Portrait de Anonymous

 Play it in two windows. One with the sound off and sync it with the sound from the other.

Portrait de Cara Di Staulo

Sorry you had difficulty viewing this film. If you do not have access to High Speed Internet, try selecting the low resolution streaming option by clicking on “Switch to low-speed” button in the lower right portion of the screen.

Portrait de Anonymous

 It's also lagging in the low-res version. It happens somewhere halfway through the movie though; the first half was fine for me. Refreshing and reloading the movie didn't seem to help. Technical issues aside, terrific movie, thanks for sharing it online!

Portrait de Anonymous

 Yes, for me too this was the case.. was fine until about halfway, now I can't finish the movie -- which is such a shame 'cause it's amazing and I'd really like to! Would love to know how it ends someday...

Portrait de Anonymous

 Yes, for me too this was the case.. was fine until about halfway, now I can't finish the movie -- which is such a shame 'cause it's amazing and I'd really like to! Would love to know how it ends someday...

Portrait de Cara Di Staulo

 Thank you. We will look into this!

Portrait de Anonymous

i first watched this wonderful film in 2003 (i think?) in a small theatre in Oregon. i was so absolutely captivated, i went back the next night and watched it again! it has remained with me ever since, close to my heart, at the top of my list of favorite films. (and re-watched several times.) it has every bit of action and intrigue that any good story should have, with achingly beautiful cinematography and this glimpse into another culture and another time that is magical and soulful and feels truthful. imagine my joy to find that it is only the first of a trilogy and that all three are offered here (for free!) to the world. many many thanks for this wonderful gift! blessings.

Portrait de Anonymous

 I first watched this on T.V. a number of years ago and I have been haunted by it ever since. Many thanks to the uploader!

To the critics who have described it as anything but superb,I would like to point out that the long 'ploddingly edited' sections of the movie are wonderful and allow the viewer some small appreciation of the vast isolated landscape in which this film was shot. I struggle to imagine as to what low levels of  concentration they operating on. 

Finally, as other posts have pointed out, Hollywood could learn from this magnificent example of how a fim can be made.

Jim.

Portrait de Anonymous

 Beautiful film

Wish the second half of it was in sync though

Portrait de Anonymous

Great film that really gives insight into the culture and lifestyle of the people. More people should watch this to gain an understanding of these people not only to appreciate what they do but also to appreciate how they use the land and do not abuse it. This is a really excellent film and the acting is not horrible just not hollywood.

Portrait de Anonymous

People should start watching these movies so they will know how Inuit would live up North.. <3  btw this movie is awesome :P

 

Portrait de Anonymous

Amazing and touching movie !! greetings from spain!

Portrait de Anonymous

Hello, Mr. or Ms. udu drum player. Surely your real name isn't anonymous. I take mouse to computer not in defense of the instrumentation I used for Atarnarjuat, but rather to straighten out a couple of errors in your eloquent and otherwise thought-provoking and indeed ultimately kind critique of what you refer to as the 'soundtrack' by which I presume you mean the 'music.'

As to the 'udu drums": no such instrument was used in the score. Indeed, although I am a professional percussionist myself and was raised partially in West Africa I don't actually play the udu.  The didgeridoo loops I used were played by an American musician who makes his own instruments in Colorado.  I do believe he has visited Australia, but the instruments and music are technically...well, non-Australian.  The Tuvan throat singers were from a CD licensed by the producers long before I came on strength, so I can't claim credit or blame for them.  The Shakuhachi, Udu and Tablas were nothing more exotic than samples from my Kurzweil sample library. 

Your comment that 'luckily' the diegetic music was correct is itself both correct and incorrect.  The music performed correctly in the film is played and sung by practitioners of these crafts, so 'luck' had no part to play in it.  Here, though, is my principal response to your critque:  you are clearly correct in identifying the cultural implications of my choices of 'sound' for the score, but only if these choices are taken lterally.  Celtic music is often played on non Celtic instruments. Is that to say that Donal Lunny of the Bothy Band is to be upbraided for asking a Greek instrument to play Irish music?  Were tablas, udus and shakuhachi flutes put on earth for the playing solely of Indian, Nigerian or Japanese music?  Of course not.  If we allow ourselves to remain in cultural lock-step with the literal-minded interpreters of music or indeed of any sound at all, are we not putting useless limits on our imaginations and creativity?  I have to thank you sincerely, however, for the one accusation you did not level at me: that of composing a very Celtic sounding viola theme for the reuniting of Atuat and Atanarjuat towards the end of the film.  Thereby hangs a tale.  If you write to me off-list (ccrilly [at] gmail [dot] com) I would be happy to relate it to you.  Simply put, I faced the challenge of scoring a complex film while avoiding the pitfalls of possible cultural misappropriation if I were to attempt to 'orchesrate' purely Inuit sounds/instruments.  I resolved therefore to avoid any semblance of composing Inuit music and stuck to as abstract, not to mention deliberately pan (if not non) cultural music or sound as I could manage.  Once we permit ourselves to listen critically to sound (musical or otherwise) we find a way to allow these sounds to metamorphose across cultural or other literal lines.  They cease to be syntactically stuck in one meaning or another and are available (as are we) to a more flexible, perhaps purer, sound.  See you in the movies.  Chris Crilly, Havelock QC.

Portrait de Anonymous

Fine fine film!!!

Portrait de Anonymous

This movie is visually a great cultural insight for most people around the world, seeing the Inuit culture, its people and how they live. But tragically, the soundtrack is totally out of place with didgeridoos from Australia, Tuvan throat singing, udu-drums from Africa, Shakuhachi flute from Japan and Tablas from India. The soundtrack is really good though, but it really does fool the viewer of the real music in Inuit culture. Luckily the diegetic music of the movie is correct with three correct types of music played which is the inuit songs, Quilaut drum and Kattajaq throat singing. But generally I think a movie like Atanarjuat where the culture of the Inuit people is shown for the first time in a movie, finally giving people around the world an insight to their culture - should have used more correct ethnic instruments. Instead film composer Chris Crilly just put in ethnic music from almost all around the world just because it sounds exotic and tribal. And don't get me wrong, I play ethnic instruments such as the udu drum myself, but using it in this movie is really a great loss for the quality of the movie as a documentation of the Inuit culture.

Portrait de Anonymous

SPARE ME!

Portrait de Anonymous

 PHENOMENAL MOVIE!

Portrait de Anonymous

I watched this movie for a class, liked it very much

 

Portrait de Anonymous

not string figures : string games !!! well you have an point Kunuk should bring thouse figures to an first place ...

Portrait de Anonymous

 does anyone know if this was based on a true story and if so, how long ago?

Portrait de Davie Mac

It's an age old story, found in many cultures. Just a moral tale, containing a number of threads. Story books like the bible, for example, have such things in them, and they precede that book by many years too, as most of that was taken from existing tales and claimed as their own. I much prefer this film to that book though.

Portrait de Anonymous

hi ! there is an small girl who is starting to make some string figures , it was an deception that the camera gets away from it not displaying what was an spontaneous string figure of great autenticy ... please pay more atention to what may be inuit greatest abstract art form ... string figuring still holds many secrets please share them with us please please !!!

Portrait de Anonymous

you remenber two seconds of the entire movie as important ... unusual !!!

Portrait de Anonymous

amaising , i did not see it , where it was ?

Portrait de Anonymous

ok... it was when atanarjuat is on the olld man that saves him . it is the old man  daugther , the image is very fast only some seconds the girl has only time to do the opening of the figure ... what an great piety !

Portrait de Anonymous

string figures ? what is that ?

Portrait de Anonymous

hi, string figures  are figures made on the hands whith an string or animal sinew ... i think ! no one realy knows why  thei are made for : i would like to ask Kunuk to explain them to us one of this days ... what i do know is that is perhaps one of the most magical art around , realy fascinating thing ... probable even prehistoric !

Portrait de Anonymous

 I love the movie really much!!!!!!!!!

Portrait de Anonymous

For those who said ploddingly edited too long, get over yourselves. This is the real deal, you want entertainment in a nice little package go to Hollyrock.

 

Paul S; USA

Portrait de Davie Mac

I couldn't agree more. I rarely watch films, and never glossy hollywood ones. This film had me captivated the first time I saw it, about 5 years ago, and I keep coming back to it. Everything about it is sheer class. No ham actors, no explosions , cliched car chases or annoying soundtrack. The dialogue is minimal, but says everything. Just great.

Portrait de Anonymous

  This film was amazing...thank you so much for making it!  It made me feel closer to my own Alutiiq people; even though our tribes are different, there are many similarities in how our ancestors lived.  I lved the story, and the dedication put into making it truly authentic!  Thank you again.  

Portrait de Anonymous

This film is a breath of fresh air. The same love, hate, jealousy, power struggle, family relationships, guardian deity, happen throughout all humanity regardless of where you are. Even if you live on a visually "pure" iceland like the eskimos, as long as the heart starts to conceive evil, the surrounding environment will be tainted, they go through the same life struggles as we do. This is humanity.

Film's a treasure for anthropology.

Chan

Portrait de Anonymous

One of the very best films I've ever seen in my 47 years of living. Amazing how all the familiar vast complexities of life and relationships unfold and visit every remote

corner of human civilization. Careful what part you play when life's dramas start to unfold with family,love & community. We are more alike than we are different. The story of  power, birthrights, manipulation and heroism in this movie remind of the panoramic storytelling of Shakespear.The whole panalopy of life and all of it's major players and parts are masterfully

recounted, exposed and told by the Inuit Nation.A  breathtaking, beautiful and timeless tale for and about us all. Thank you. 

Portrait de Anonymous

this wasnt really that good. i guess it's cool that it was a movie based on indigineous narratives and made by the people whose culture it represents. but that doesn't change the nature of the movie being horribly shot, ploddingly edited, and ambiguously constructed. nothing about this was gripping or engaging at all.

Portrait de Anonymous

only because your loking at it with  "western" cultural expectations

Portrait de Anonymous

only because your loking at it with  "western" cultural expectations

Portrait de Anonymous

 Engaging wasn't the point of the movie, to me at least. It was more a work of art, like any other form of music, artwork, etc. It has my respect as well.

Portrait de Anonymous

 Engaging wasn't the point of the movie, to me at least. It was more a work of art, like any other form of music, artwork, etc. It has my respect as well.

Portrait de Anonymous

I am sorry to read your opinion. On me, the film has had the totally opposite effect: I am speechless, I am amazed by its beauty, by the actors' play, by every little detail it is made up of, by the way it was filmed. It's got my respect. 

Portrait de LAKOTA MAZA

 i loved the movie. i felt the cold and also the reality

Portrait de Anonymous

I haven't been home in winter in the north for a while now: this film makes me miss the sound the snow makes underfoot when it is properly cold. There is almost a hollow sound to it, quite loud when you crunch along in otherwise silence.

Since other people have been suggesting other movies to watch, I will too: Seven Songs from the Tundra, a Russian film from 2000, and Caravan, which I think is a French production but takes place in the Himalayas. Might be easier to find than 7 songs! Which is the first movie ever in the Nenets language by the way. It does suffer in parts from having completely inexperienced actors: Caravan has more "production values" even if it also has local actors rather than trained ones. In some ways 7 Songs... is more interesting, as the name suggests it deals with several stories so you get a wider view of the lives of the Nenets.

Portrait de koffeewitch

For fans of this trilogy, you may also want to check out a Mongolian film called Khadak.  It  is set during the government-sponsored destruction of the last nomadic Mongolian farmers.  It is absolutely stunning, visuallyand  emotionally.  The musical score is haunting and not to be missed.  Unfortunately, Khadak is not on this website but you may find it at your library.  It is worth the search!

 

Portrait de koffeewitch

I love this trilogy, can't stop watching this film.  I'm hoping this is just the beginning of a long career for the director.

 

Portrait de Anonymous

meh

Portrait de Anonymous

 Same

Portrait de Anonymous

What a fascinating movie from a fascinating world, seemingly so strange for us so called civilized Europeans. "Primitive tribes"? The strip shows us the opposite. Show me one mate from our rich, high leveld countries, who would manage to survive in this frosty environment for only five minutes. These amazing people I just really admire: tough, strong and kindly - while viewing my heart did turn as warm as cold it was on the set. We'll write about this remarkable film as soon as possible.

Kotofeij K. Bajun - vice editor in chief of Prussian Land Messenger (Preussischer Landbote, Germany)