Atanarjuat the Fast Runner

Atanarjuat the Fast Runner

| 2 h 41 min
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This adaptation of an ancient Inuit legend was filmed in Inuktitut and directed by Inuit filmmakers - making Atanarjuat the first feature film of its kind!

Set in Igloolik, in Nunavut, this is "a powerful drama, not a documentary," reminds the director Kunuk. "It demystifies the exotic, otherwordly aboriginal stereotype by telling a universal story." The clothes, spears, kayaks, sunglasses and dwellings were all painstakingly researched. "We show how our ancestors dressed, how they handled their dog teams, how they argued and laughed.. confronted evil and fought back."

Many enthusiastic viewers have compared this epic story to The Iliad. In the words of one movie critic, "If Homer had been given a video camera, this is what he would have done!"

In Inuktitut, with English subtitles.

This film contains scenes of nudity and/or sexuality. Viewer discretion is advised.

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  • story consultant
    Anne Frank
  • song
    Emile Immaroitok
    Abraham Ulayuruluk
  • camera
    Norman Cohn
  • writer
    Paul Apak Angilirq
  • director
    Zacharias Kunuk
  • photography
    Norman Cohn
  • editor
    Zacharias Kunuk
    Norman Cohn
    Marie-Christine Sarda
  • design
    James Ungalaaq
  • original music
    Chris Crilly
  • producer
    Paul Apak Angilirq
    Norman Cohn
    Zacharias Kunuk
  • executive producer
    Sally Bochner
  • producer
    Germaine Ying Gee Wong
  • cast
    Natar Ungalaaq
    Sylvia Ivalu
    Peter Henry Arnatsiaq
    Lucy Tulugarjuk
    Madeline Ivalu
    Pauloosie Qulitalik
    Eugene Ipkarnak
    Pakak Innuksuk
    Neeve Irngaut
    Abraham Ulayuruluk
    Apayata Kotierk
    Mary Qulitalik
    Luke Taqqaugaq
    Alex Uttak
    Eric Nutarariaq
    Stephen Qrunnut
    Pipily Akkitirq
    Mary Angutautuk
    Charlie Qulitalik
    Atuat Akkitirq
    Catherine Alaralak
    Susan Kublu
    Samueli Ammaq
    Micheline Ammaq
    Lucien Ukkalianuk
    Therese Ukkalianuk
    Felix Alaralak
    Elizabeth Nutarakittuq
    Jenny Irngaut
    Rita Ijjiraq
    Andrew Uyarasuk
    Cindy Paniaq
    Lou Paula Kunuk
    Maggie Ukkalianuk
    Arsene Ivalu
    Racheal Uyarasuk
    Catherine Arnatsiaq
    Reena Qulitalik
    Bernice Ivalu
    Mark Alaralak
    Isa Akkitirq
    Laurent Arnatsiaq
    Isa Ammaq
    Cora Akkitirq
    Steven Akkitirq
    Wilma Ammaq
    Daniel Akkitirq
    Hayley-June Ammaq
    Colleen Ulayuruluk
    Tarcisius Taqqaugaq
    Raymond Taqqaugaq
  • makeup
    Therese Ipkarnak
  • special effects services
    Walter Klassen
  • sound effects editor
    Don Ayer
  • foley artist
    Andy Malcolm
    Goro Koyama
  • re-recording mixer
    Serge Boivin
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • music recordist
    Eric Lemoyne
  • sound recordist
    Richard Lavoie