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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

7387 views

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

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by Norman Cohn

05 November 2014

71290 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

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Marie-Hélène Cousineau's picture

by Marie-Hélène Cousineau

20 March 2012

4055 views

YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 1994
DURATION: 26 min
GENRE: Documentary
FORMAT: Video (colour)
LANGUAGE: Inuktitut, Eng/Fr s-t
DIRECTOR: Arnait Video Collective
PRODUCER: Arnait Video Collective

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Duration:

27m 10s

Tagged:

Arnait Ikkagurtigitt Collective, ift_community_Igloolik, traditional songs (pisiq)

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

About

IsumaTV's picture

by IsumaTV

06 December 2010

5810 views

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

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IsumaTV's picture

by IsumaTV

12 January 2010

36972 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

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by Norman Cohn

30 December 2008

11459 views

Nunavut (Our Land) TV Series Episode 2. Igloolik, Spring 1945. Inuaraq's family finally arrives at Avaja to a warm welcome. Yet, many changes have taken place.

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Duration:

28m 50s

Tagged:

Nunavut (Our Land) Series

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

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Norman Cohn's picture

by Norman Cohn

28 December 2008

11632 views

Nunavut (Our Land) TV Series Episode 4. 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.

Filmmaker: Zacharias Kunuk, Paulossie Qulitalik, Norman Cohn

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Duration:

28m 55s

Tagged:

ift_community_OldIglulik, Nunavut (Our Land) Series, qulliq, raven, war

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

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Norman Cohn's picture

by Norman Cohn

04 December 2008

12237 views

Nunavut (Our Land) TV Series Episode 8. Igloolik, Spring 1946. Inuaraq throws his bones at the river and finds the fish swimming back and forth. Back at the tent Qulitalik sends the young men out with fish spears to try their luck. The walk up the rushing river is exciting but treacherous. Fish are hiding. It's easy to fall in.

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Duration:

28m 50s

Tagged:

fishing, Nunavut (Our Land) Series

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

About

Norman Cohn's picture

by Norman Cohn

02 December 2008

10959 views

Nunavut (Our Land) TV Series Episode 10. Igloolik, Summer 1946. After the walrus hunt everyone is happy. There will be lots to eat for a long time. Children climb the famous cliffs of Qaisut, exploring paths and ruins left by hunters from the ancient times. Good walrus hunting doesn't only attract Inuit. Suddenly, Grandmother sees a polar bear after the meat.

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Duration:

28m 54s

Tagged:

cliffs of Qaisut, Nunavut (Our Land) Series, walrus hunting

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada