fast runner

About

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

Nathalie Kalina's picture

by Nathalie Kalina

09 January 2010

2945 views

NITV: Nunatinni (At Our Place). Local news and culture from Igloolik.

Valentine's Day, and footage from the community and of Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn in Rotterdam.

Filmmaker Contact:

Host: John A.

Camera: Zach

Producer's Name: NITV

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Duration:

27m 20s

Tagged:

at our place, Atanarjuat, fast runner, festivals, Film, film festivals, Inuit, Inuktitut, kunuk, Norman Cohn, nunatinni, Nunavut, our place, Rotterdam, show #59, show 59, Television, valentine, valentine day, valentine's, valentine's day, zacharias

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

Can you tell me who you are?

I am Samueli Ammaq. I live in Igloolik. Although I was born in Sangunaniq, I just say I’m from Igloolik. I am only recently of Igloolik, but I live here.

What do you do in Iglulik? Are you a hunter?

About

Nathalie Kalina's picture

by Nathalie Kalina

14 December 2009

3478 views

Tagged:

ammaq, cast, cohn, crew, dog teams, dog wrangler, dogs, fast runner, fast runner trilogy, hunt, hunting, Igloolik, jkr, Journals of Knud Rasmussen, kunuk, Nunavut, profile, profiles, Umik

Languages:

English

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

Who are you and what is your role in the film?

My name is Tooguyuk, which means “big fluffy dog”. I'm actually from Igloolik, and am Samueli Ammaq's lead dog. In the film, I am going to play the lead dog of the Greenlandic character Bosun (played by Qillaq Petersen from Qaanaaq).

How have you been preparing for the role?

About

Nathalie Kalina's picture

by Nathalie Kalina

14 December 2009

2582 views

Tagged:

cast, cohn, crew, dog, dog team, dog teams, dogteams, fast runner, fast runner trilogy, Igloolik, jkr, Journals of Knud Rasmussen, kunuk, lead dog, Nunavut, profile, profiles

Languages:

English

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

How long have you been a chef?

I've been a chef for about 22 years. I started in my hometown of Sherbrooke, QC and I went to Iqaluit after that for about 10 years. I learned how to cook country food (caribou, seal, etc.) at Expo '86 in Vancouver in the Northwest Territories Pavillion. I learned how to cook country food over there.

About

Nathalie Kalina's picture

by Nathalie Kalina

14 December 2009

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Tagged:

boulanger, cast, caterer, catering, cohn, crew, fast runner, fast runner trilogy, Igloolik, jacques boulanger, jkr, Journals of Knud Rasmussen, kunuk, Nunavut, profile, profiles

Languages:

English

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

How long have you been with Isuma?

Since December, 2004. Only a few months.

How important is the community of Igloolik to the film?

It's important because all of the staff is from the community. Everything I need goes through the community. Most of the staff and qamutiks (sleds) come from the community.

About

Nathalie Kalina's picture

by Nathalie Kalina

14 December 2009

2535 views

Tagged:

cast, cohn, crew, fast runner, fast runner trilogy, Igloolik, jkr, Journals of Knud Rasmussen, kunuk, Nunavut, profile, profiles

Languages:

English

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

How do you like Igloolik so far?

I've been here many times before. Since 1998, maybe, I've come up here once a year to work and to visit friends. I have some great friends here.

What does your job entail?

I wear many hats. First of all I'm a sound man. I'm also doing the lighting for the interior of the sets.

About

Nathalie Kalina's picture

by Nathalie Kalina

14 December 2009

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Tagged:

cast, cohn, crew, fast runner, fast runner trilogy, Igloolik, jkr, Journals of Knud Rasmussen, kunuk, Nunavut, profile, profiles

Languages:

English

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

How did you get started in the film industry?

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Nathalie Kalina's picture

by Nathalie Kalina

14 December 2009

2972 views

Tagged:

cast, cohn, crew, fast runner, fast runner trilogy, Igloolik, jkr, Journals of Knud Rasmussen, kunuk, Nunavut, profile, profiles

Languages:

English

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

How long have you worked at Isuma?

On and off for the past eight years.

What drew you to work at Isuma?

About

Nathalie Kalina's picture

by Nathalie Kalina

14 December 2009

3889 views

Tagged:

cast, cohn, crew, fast runner, fast runner trilogy, Igloolik, jkr, Journals of Knud Rasmussen, kunuk, Nunavut, profile, profiles

Languages:

English

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

What does your job entail?

I'm working with JKR (The Journals of Knud Rasmussen). I‘m a script supervisor and a production assistant.

How do you juggle both roles?

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Nathalie Kalina's picture

by Nathalie Kalina

14 December 2009

2701 views

Tagged:

cast, cohn, crew, fast runner, fast runner trilogy, Igloolik, jkr, Journals of Knud Rasmussen, kunuk, Nunavut, profile, profiles

Languages:

English

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada