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Atanarjuat the Fast Runner

 

Plot Summary 

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!"


Cast & Crew

Actors

Natar Ungalaaq

Director

Zacharias Kunuk

 

Sylvia Ivalu

Writer 

Paul Apak Angliirq

 

Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq

Producers

Paul Apak Angilirq

 

 

Norman Cohn

 


Zacharias Kunuk

   

    Distribution
 Entertainment One

Additional Information

Rating AA Running time 161 minutes
Language

Inukitut/English

Released 2001

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