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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

About

Marie-Hélène Cousineau's picture

by Marie-Hélène Cousineau

16 February 2015

5306 views

YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2001
DURATION: 52 min.
GENRE: documentary
FORMAT: video, colour
LANGUAGE: Inuktitut, Fr-Eng st
DIRECTORS: Mary Kunuk, Marie-Hélène Cousineau
PRODUCERS: Mary Kunuk, Marie-Helene Cousineau
SOUND: Katarina Soukup , Luke Taqqaugaq
CAMERA: Marie-Helene Cousineau
SCRIPT WRITER: Mary Kunuk
EDITOR: Marie-Christine Sarda
FUNDING: Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada
SELECTED SCREENINGS: APTN (Canada), Land Insight Film Festival (Montréal, 2003), Maori television (New-Zealand, 2005), Native American film and Video Festival (New-York, 2003)

SYNOPSIS:

Abandoned by her father, a White RCMP officer, Vivi Kunuk was adopted by the Inuk family of her mother who raised her as a boy. This is but one remarkable chapter in her life.

With her husband Enuki, she raised eight children, including award-winning filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk, living most of the year on the land as her nomadic ancestors did prior to the creation of government settlements in the 1950's. Surrounded by her grandchildren, she recounts stories about the land she knows intimately and her life's destiny on Baffin Island.

The history of changes experienced by Inuit people in the last sixty years is contained in the stories of Vivi Kunuk.

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Duration:

53m 45s

Tagged:

abandonment, adoption, ancestors, Arnait Video Productions, ift_community_Igloolik, manniq (eggs), pisiq (traditional song), siku (sea ice)

Languages:

French Français

Location:

Baffin Island, NU, Canada

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Norman Cohn's picture

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

derekman88's picture

by derekman88

04 December 2012

1960 views

George Qulaut, NIRB Community Roundtable, July 23, 2012 Igloolik, 8:58 English version, concerned that governments and Inuit organizations are not asking enough questions about the project, for example, will there be a Canada Customs checkpoint established at the Steensby Inlet port site for incoming supertankers?

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Duration:

8m 15s

Tagged:

2012, Baffinland, George Qulaut, Igloolik, Inuit, Inuktitut, July, NIRB

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

About

derekman88's picture

by derekman88

25 August 2012

4921 views

Lucie Idlout, NIRB Community Roundtable, July 25, 2012, Igloolik, Part 1/2 10:47 original English. Lucie is Igloolik Economic Development Officer and presents her comments on the Baffinland Mary River Development and the NIRB Final Public Hearings.

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Duration:

10m 7s

Tagged:

baffinland community hearings, Igloolik, Inuit, lucie idlout, mining, NIRB Hearings

Languages:

English

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

About

IsumaTV's picture

by IsumaTV

19 August 2012

3226 views

Lloyd Lipsett with Zacharias Kunuk, Formal Intervention, NIRB Technical Hearing, July 23, 2012, Igloolik, Part 3/5 9:06 original English. Human Rights lawyer Lloyd Lipsett, commissioned by IsumaTV's new media project, Digital Indigenous Democracy, explains current international standards for human rights in mining developments and why human rights impact assessment and monitori

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Duration:

9m 6s

Tagged:

Baffinland, Human Rights, Intervention, IsumaTV, lloyd lipsett, Mary River, mining, Zacharias Kunuk

Languages:

English

About

Carol Kunnuk's picture

by Carol Kunnuk

08 June 2012

4648 views

ᓂᐲᑦ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ Zacharias Kunuk hunting and filming at the flow edge with other men from Igloolik, April 1 and 3 2012. 8:00 by Zacharias Kunuk; editor Carol Kunnuk.

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Duration:

8m 18s

Tagged:

and filming at the, floe edge, flow edge, hunting, Igloolik, Inuit, seal hunting, siku (sea ice), Zacharias Kunuk

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

About

Marie-Hélène Cousineau's picture

by Marie-Hélène Cousineau

28 December 2011

5279 views

ᓂᐲᑦ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ Arsene Ivalu: " I completely disagree because it will affect me, my culture and everything else around," 3:49 Inuktitut by Arnait Video Productions, Show Me on the Map, 2009. 

Click on more info to get the English transcription.

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Duration:

3m 49s

Tagged:

Arctic, arnait, interviews, Inuit, mining, Nunavut

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Nunavut, NT, 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

About

Marie-Hélène Cousineau's picture

by Marie-Hélène Cousineau

19 November 2009

4058 views

Filmmaker: Marie-Hélène Cousineau

Filmmaker Contact: Visit our website www.isuma.tv/arnait or www.isuma.ca

Producer's Name: Arnait Video Productions

Year of Production: 1996

Distributor Information:

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Duration:

37m 5s

Tagged:

anthropology; dreams; manniq (eggs), ift_community_Igloolik

Languages:

English

Location:

Canada