Atanarjuat

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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

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Manager: IsumaTV

30 October 2015

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 Igloolik Isuma Productions, Inc. was incorporated in January 1990 as Canada's first Inuit independent production company. Isuma is 75% Inuit-owned. The founding shareholders are Zacharias Kunuk (President), Paul Apak Angilirq (Vice-President), Pauloosie Qulitalik (Chairman), and Norman Cohn (Secretary-Treasurer). Paul Apak passed away in December 1998. Isuma’s headquarters are in Igloolik, Nunavut, with a southern office in Montreal and international representation in New York.

Our Mission

Isuma's mission is to produce independent community-based media – films, TV and now Internet - to preserve and enhance Inuit culture and language; to create jobs and economic development in Igloolik and Nunavut; and to tell authentic Inuit stories to Inuit and non-Inuit audiences worldwide.

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Atanarjuat, Igloolik, Isuma, isuma igloolik productions, Norman Cohn, Nunavut, Paul Apak Angilirq, pauloosie qulitalik, Zacharias Kunuk

About

Zacharias Kunuk's picture

by Zacharias Kunuk

28 October 2015

377 views

 Getting publicity photos taken after release of Atanarjuat

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Duration:

1m 2s

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Atanarjuat, photography, zach kunuk, Zacharias Kunuk

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clairelittoncohn's picture

by clairelittoncohn

21 October 2015

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Unikkaat Sivunittinnit: Messages from the past: 

Dedicated to the elders of Igloolik

Isuma Distribution International

Producer, curator, photo: Zacharias Kunuk

Video producer: Norman Cohn

Recording engineer: Hani Habashi

Copyright 1992 

 

 

Atanarjuat soundtrack

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Ajaja, Atanarjuat, ift_community_Akkinanik, ift_community_Akunniq, ift_community_HooperInlet, ift_community_Igloolik, ift_community_Igurjuak, ift_community_Ikpiktujuaq, ift_community_Kapiuvik, ift_community_KochIsland, ift_community_OldIglulik, music, songs, soundtrack, Unikkaat Sivunittinnit

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Artcirq's picture

by Artcirq

17 June 2015

544 views

More from Timbuktu, Mali and the Bamako Centre Francoculturelle! 2008 

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Duration:

30m 19s

Tagged:

Artcirq, Atanarjuat, bamako, circus, mali, performance, press conference, screening, timbuktu

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Artcirq's picture

by Artcirq

17 June 2015

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Timbuktu, Mali live show, Centre Francoculturelle de Bamako press conference, a street show, plus a screening of Atanarjuat.

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Duration:

29m 45s

Tagged:

Artcirq, Atanarjuat, bamako, busking, circus, festival au desert, performance, press conference, show, street show, timbuktu

Starting this year, the Berlinale will devote itself to the cinematic storytelling of Indigenous peoples in a special series entitled “NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema”. In its first year, the series will begin with a territorial focus on films from Oceania, Australia, North America and the Arctic.

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Cara Di Staulo's picture

by Cara Di Staulo

05 February 2013

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Atanarjuat, Berlin, Berlinale, native

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Carol Kunnuk's picture

by Carol Kunnuk

08 June 2012

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ᓂᐲᑦ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ Atanarjuat Song, 5:10, Inuktitut, sung by a Pond Inlet woman named Paingut Pauloosie. READ BELOW the words translated in English by Zacharias Kunuk. Camera, Zacharias Kunuk, Editor, Carol Kunnuk.

I’m going to sing my Ayaya song.

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Duration:

5m 10s

Tagged:

Ajaja, Atanarjuat, ift_community_Igloolik, Isuma, Paingut Pauloosie, pond inlet

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Stéphane Rituit's picture

by Stéphane Rituit

10 January 2011

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Behind the scenes look as Zacharias Kunuk presents Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner to a world audience at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001.

Directed by Zacharias Kunuk

 

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Duration:

25m 3s

Tagged:

Atanarjuat, Cannes, Zacharias Kunuk

Languages:

English

Location:

Cannes, France