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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

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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

Carol Kunnuk's picture

by Carol Kunnuk

04 November 2011

2242 views

This project of inuuja is a great teaching tool for a workshop that involves our culture and to show the last three generations of the life we have lived and how it has changed, when there was little wood and metal available in inuit settlements, when most of the inuit still lived in sod houses and when only a few house where made.

This project of inujja is a great way to teach our youth and children.

All the inujja are made in different clothing that where tough by our mothers, to teach us how to measure and make the clothing, that has been passed on by our antcoistors and we use them for our clothing, this was the way they would teach the girls to know knowledge and survive in their environment, learning how to sew and make clothing and what were their responsibilities.

Inujjaa (inuit traditional dolls) that is made with small pieces of wood, bones and traditional clothing are the original inujjaa we would use, also the fur, bones and rock were the only one available for their toys.  The one who is making the original inujjaa is measuring the clothing that her mother had tought her.  This show a great way to learn and teach our culture. That is why I have decided to make the project of Inujjaa.

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Duration:

1m 52s

Tagged:

ift_community_OldIglulik

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Igloolik, Nunavut

About

Carol Kunnuk's picture

by Carol Kunnuk

04 November 2011

1859 views

From my experience , I wanted to see and imagine what they where talking about , I have been working in films as a art director and it was challenging for me because I thought I knew my culture when I was growing up , but when I had to decide on a set ,it was hard to remember and I have forgotten a lot that are important and I needed to see in order to remember how it was made and how it was u

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Duration:

3m 35s

Tagged:

loss of culture

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

IGLOOLIK NUNAVUT

About

Carol Kunnuk's picture

by Carol Kunnuk

28 October 2011

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It was hard to get a new inujja because there was hardly any wood , when my father was making sled ( kamutti ) their would be small peaces and the wood was so breakable, my father made me one after he made the sled .

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Duration:

3m 4s

Tagged:

ift_community_OldIglulik, Inuuja

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Igloolik NU, Canada

About

IsumaTV's picture

by IsumaTV

06 December 2010

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IGLOOLIK NUNAVUT/IGLOOLIK NOTRE TERRE
WARC'HOAZH
FR3 presente
avec la collaboration de
SERDDAV - CNRS - France
INUKSIUTIIT KATIMAJIIT
INUMMARIT ASSOCIATION
INUIT TAPIRISAT
UNIVERSITE LAVAL - Canada

Un film de
BERNARD SALADIN D'ANGLURE
(Anthropologie)
et
MICHEL TREGUER
(Cinema)

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Duration:

52m 34s

Languages:

French Français

Location:

Igloolik NU, Canada

About

IsumaTV's picture

by IsumaTV

12 January 2010

37596 views

What We Eat: Inuit jazz throat-singer Tanya Tagaq, and Cannes-winning filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk, talk back to Brigitte Bardot and anti-sealhunting lobby on the eternal reality of hunting. Selected for Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, Best Short, imagineNATIVE Film Fest 2009.

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Duration:

7m 23s

Tagged:

downloadable, hunting, Inuit, katajjaq, Seal, seal hunting, Tagaq

About

Marie-Hélène Cousineau's picture

by Marie-Hélène Cousineau

23 November 2009

10892 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

Marie-Hélène Cousineau's picture

by Marie-Hélène Cousineau

20 November 2009

8702 views

Susan Avingaq from Igloolik is the director of this video produced with a grant from Canada Arts Council.

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Duration:

40m 16s

Tagged:

children clothing, clothing, fur, fur clothing, ift_community_Igloolik, ift_community_OldIglulik, Igloolik, Inuit women, traditional clothing, women

Languages:

Inuktitut

About

Marie-Hélène Cousineau's picture

by Marie-Hélène Cousineau

30 October 2009

38646 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