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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 IBC admin

17 February 2015

5158 views

A Summer in the Life of Louisa

Director: Ann Hanson

Producers: Jerry Giberson and Debbie Brisebois

Camera: Carlos Fernand

Music: Del Carry

This is a powerful docu-drama about wife abuse (family violence) and breakdown of a couple’s relationship.

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Duration:

27m

Tagged:

alcohol, Arctic, Canadian Inuit, family violence, IBC, ift_community_Igloolik, inuit broadcasting corporation, Nunavut, spousal abuse

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Iqaluit, NU, Canada

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by Norman Cohn

10 February 2015

7384 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

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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

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by DonaldMorin

30 January 2011

2420 views

My first radio play production after Graduating from Simon Fraser School for Contemporary Arts, sponsored by Spirit Song Theatre Company and Coop radio. Reposted due to latest talk about 60s scoop, residential schools and the on-going issues affecting Canada's First People. Much more work to be done! Miigwech

 

 

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Tagged:

Media works of Donald Morin, Radio PLay

Location:

reserves, schoolyards, Urban City

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by Norman Cohn

27 December 2008

9983 views

Nunavut (Our Land) TV Series Episode 5. Igloolik, Fall 1945. Igloolik, Fall 1945. Akkitiq wakes up to a nice day for seal hunting. The stone house is warm and comfortable. Men pack up the dog team and look for seals on the fresh ice,while women work at home. Sometimes, the squabbling of children leads to trouble among families.

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Duration:

28m 56s

Tagged:

Arctic, Nunavut (Our Land) Series, seal hunt

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada

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by Norman Cohn

13 October 2001

7767 views

Ajainaa! features Igloolik Elders discussing their views of contemporary Inuit life. Topics include the role of Inuit and "Southern" forms of education, survival strategies (such as how to save a drowning victim), and the differences between camp and settlement life. Written, produced, and performed by Isuma's Uqallangniq Elders Group.

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Duration:

51m 23s

Tagged:

Ajainaa!, Almost, contemporary Inuit life, education, ift_community_Igloolik, Isuma's Uqallangniq Elders Group, settlement life, survival strategies, Unikaatuatiit (Story Tellers) Series

Languages:

Inuktitut

Location:

Igloolik, NU, Canada