Atanarjuat/The Fast Runner
(2001, 172 min., 35mm) CANADA
Director: Zacharias Kunuk (Inuit)
Producer: Zacharias Kunuk (Inuit), Norman Cohn, Paul Apak Angilirq
(Inuit), Germaine Wong
Writer: Paul Apak Angilurq (Inuit) (1954-1998)
Director of Photography: Norman Cohn
Produced by: Igloolik Isuma Productions
In Inuktitut with English subtitles.
Atanarjuat is the first Native-language feature film to be written,
directed and acted by the Inuit. An action thriller set in pre-contact
Igloolik in what is now Arctic Canada, the film unfolds as a life-threatening
struggle between powerful natural and supernatural characters.
Winner of the Camera d'Or Best First Feature Award at
the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, the Claude Jutra Award 2002 and
five Genie Awards---Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay,
Best Original Score and Best Editing.
New York Times reviews: Returning
Tundra's Rhythm to the Inuit, in Film by Clifford Krauss and
Far-Off Inuit World, in a Dozen Shades of White by A. O. Scott
For more information
Image credit: Atanarjuat
(Natar Ungalaaq) and his brother Amaqjuaq (Pakkak Inukshuk) share
a joke. - Photograph courtesy of Norman Cohn