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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

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by Norman Cohn

10 February 2015

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This second Isuma-Artcirq co-production by Igloolik youth is a story about a young Inuk who lost his love. Using alcohol to put reality and the past behind, the past keeps hunting him. When he loses control and beats up a man on the street he is sentenced to two months in an outpost camp, where a hunter is waiting for him.

Filmmaker: Bruce Haulli-Kenneth Rasmussen

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Duration:

45m 11s

Tagged:

alcoholism, Artcirq, ift_community_Igloolik, outpost camp

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Keewatin Region, NU, Canada

About

Marie-Hélène Cousineau's picture

by Marie-Hélène Cousineau

23 November 2009

10648 views

YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 1993
DURATION: 10 min
GENRE: Documentary
FORMAT: Video (colour)
LANGUAGE: Inuktitut, Eng/Fr s-t
CAST/PERFORMERS: Susan Avingaq, Madeline Ivalu
DIRECTOR: Arnait Video Collective

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Duration:

10m 21s

Tagged:

Ajaja, arctic cotton (plants), Arnait Ikkagurtigitt Collective, qulliq, seal oil lamp

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Canada

About

Norman Cohn's picture

by Norman Cohn

01 December 2008

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Nunavut (Our Land) TV Series Episode 11. Igloolik, Fall 1945. Even here, news of the terrible world war raging outside makes people frightened and uneasy. They talk of the danger of the unknown future, of shamanistic intervention to protect their culture. The weather turns colder.

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Duration:

28m 53s

Tagged:

caching, caribou hunt, Nunavut (Our Land) Series

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

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by Norman Cohn

28 October 2007

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Third Isuma recreated fiction, 1993. As summer ends near Igloolik in the 1930's, three families build a saputi to trap fish going upriver for the winter. The days are getting shorter and young people daydream, while waiting for fish to come. But nature is not always predictable....

Saputi is a part of the Unikaatuatiit (Story Tellers) Series.

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Duration:

30m 35s

Tagged:

fire bow, fishtraps, ift_community_OldIglulik, qijuttaq (fire plant), saputi, Unikaatuatiit (Story Tellers) Series

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

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by Norman Cohn

30 December 2003

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Inuit memories and experiences of shamanism, and oral histories about the last shamans practicing in the region of Igloolik, Nunavut. Interviewees range from young people to elders and politicians, but they all share a belief that things happen, and that shamanism is still a living religion.

DIRECTOR(S): Paulossie Qulitalik, Zacharias Kunuk

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Duration:

48m 3s

Tagged:

Angakkuiit, doll (toys), downloadable, ift_community_Igloolik, katajjaq, oral histories, raven, religion, Shamanism

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada