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Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner -- The telling of an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior's endurance and battle of its menace.

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Pauloosie Qulitalik (additional writer)
Zacharias Kunuk (additional writer)
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Release Date:
1 February 2002 (UK) See more »
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The telling of an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior's endurance and battle of its menace. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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22 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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A remarkable film that dramatizes an Inuit legend with Inuit actors, in Inuktitut with English subtitles. See more (106 total) »

Cast

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Natar Ungalaaq ... Atanarjuat
Sylvia Ivalu ... Atuat
Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq ... Oki
Lucy Tulugarjuk ... Puja
Madeline Ivalu ... Panikpak
Pauloosie Qulitalik ... Qulitalik / A shaman (as Paul Qulitalik)
Eugene Ipkarnak ... Sauri, the chief
Pakak Innuksuk ... Amaqjuaq (as Pakkak Innushuk)
Neeve Irngaut ... Uluriaq
Abraham Ulayuruluk ... Tungajuaq
Apayata Kotierk ... Kumaglak
Mary Qulitalik ... Niriuniq
Luke Taqqaugaq ... Pittiulak
Alex Uttak ... Pakak
Eric Nutarariaq ... Young Sauri
Stephen Qrunnut ... Young Tulimaq
Pipily Akkitirq ... Young Pittaluk
Mary Angutautuk ... Young Panikpak
Charlie Qulitalik ... Young Qulitalik
Atuat Akkitiq ... Sauri's wife
Catherine Alaralak ... Young Sauri's wife
Susan Kublu ... Young Qulitalik's wife
Samueli Ammaq ... Sigluk
Micheline Ammaq ... Asa
Lucien Ukkalianuk ... Uttuqiaq
Therese Ukkalianuk ... Saku
Felix Alaralak ... Tulimaq
Elizabeth Nutarakittuq ... Pittaluk
Jenny Irngaut ... Oki's wife
Rita Ijjiraq ... Pittiulak's wife
Andrew Uyarasuk ... Young Sigluk
Cindy Paniaq ... Young Sigluk's wife
Lou Paula Kunuk ... Young Uttuqiaq
Maggie Ukkalianuk ... Young Uttuqiaq's wife
Arsene Ivalu ... Qillaq
Racheal Uyarasuk ... Elder lady
Catherine Arnatsiaq ... Elder lady
Reena Qulitalik ... Child Kigutikaajuk
Bernice Ivalu ... Child Kumaglak
Mark Alaralak ... Child Amaqjuat
Isa Akkitirq ... Child Oki
Laurent Arnatsiaq ... Baby Atanarjuat
Isa Ammaq ... Child
Cora Akkitirq ... Child
Steven Akkitirq ... Child
Wilma Ammaq ... Child
Daniel Akkitirq ... Child
Hayley-June Ammaq ... Child
Colleen Ulayuruluk ... Child
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Andrew Micheli ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Zacharias Kunuk 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Apak Angilirq 
Norman Cohn  additional writer
Zacharias Kunuk  additional writer
Herve Paniaq  additional writer
Pauloosie Qulitalik  additional writer

Produced by
Paul Apak Angilirq .... producer: Igloolik Isuma
Sally Bochner .... executive producer: NFB
Norman Cohn .... producer: Igloolik Isuma
Zacharias Kunuk .... producer: Igloolik Isuma
Germaine Wong .... producer: NFB (as Germaine Ying Gee Wong)
 
Original Music by
Chris Crilly 
 
Cinematography by
Norman Cohn 
 
Film Editing by
Norman Cohn 
Zacharias Kunuk 
Marie-Christine Sarda 
 
Production Design by
James Ungalaaq 
 
Costume Design by
Atuat Akkitirq 
 
Makeup Department
Therese Ipkarnak .... hair stylist
Therese Ipkarnak .... makeup artist
Susan Kublu .... assistant makeup artist
Bob Pritchard .... hair consultant
Bob Pritchard .... makeup supervisor
Sidonie Ungalaaq .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Norman Cohn .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pakak Innuksuk .... second assistant director
James Ungalaaq .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Stephen Qrunnut .... assistant props
James Ungalaaq .... props supervisor
 
Sound Department
Don Ayer .... sound effects editor
Serge Boivin .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Crilly .... sound post-production supervisor
Natalie Fleurant .... dialogue editor
Henry Godding Jr. .... adr recordist (as Henry Godding)
Thomas Kodros .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Richard Lavoie .... sound recordist
Eric Lemoyne .... music mix
Oleksa Lozowchuk .... sound mixer
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Ron Malligers .... foley mixer (as Ron Mellegers)
Jean-Paul Vialard .... sound re-recording mixer
Rebecca Wright .... foley assistant
 
Special Effects by
Walter Klassen .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Stanley Monahan .... optical effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Marie-Hélène Cousineau .... still photographer (as Marie-Helene Cousineau)
Viviane Delisle .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Micheline Ammaq .... wardrobe manager
Simeonie Ukkalianuk .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Laurent Arnatsiaq .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Samueli Ammaq .... dog wrangler
Amelia Angilirq .... continuity
Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq .... dog wrangler
Norman Cohn .... script editor
Anne Frank .... script editor
Anne Frank .... story consultant
Jocelyne Loiselle .... production accountant
Raymond Taqqaugaq .... production coordinator
 

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Also Known As:
"Atanarjuat" - Canada (original title)
"The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)" - USA
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MPAA:
Rated R for some sexuality/nudity and violence
Runtime:
172 min | Argentina:174 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | Australia:168 min | Finland:172 min (Helsinki International Film Festival) | UK:168 min | USA:161 min (DVD version)
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1.78 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:10 | Japan:PG-12 | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:15 | UK:15 | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The first Inuktitut-language feature film.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Just before Atanarjuat jumps over the crevasse, the shadow of a crew member appears in the snow, at the bottom of the screen, to the left.See more »
Quotes:
Oki:What are you all looking at? Haven't you ever seen anyone kick a dog before?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Reel Injun (2009)See more »

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41 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
A remarkable film that dramatizes an Inuit legend with Inuit actors, in Inuktitut with English subtitles., 17 August 2003
Author: alec1013

Perhaps the word that best describes this film is 'remarkable'. It is remarkable that it was made at all, by an Inuit film company, remarkable that it was shot on location in the High Arctic in conditions of winter and summer, remarkable for its absolute authenticity, for its faithfulness both to its subject and to the Inuit culture, which transcends remarkable.

I have been to the High Artic more than once. I have sat in the great silence of the north on the late summer tundra when it turns purple and the winds begin to blow across the ground and make the cotton grass sing. I have heard the snow squeak at thirty-five below zero, as it did in this film; filming in such conditions must have been a nightmare. Metal does strange things at those temperatures; cameras freeze and film becomes brittle and breaks into pieces. Actors get cold and those just standing around get colder. There are no local power sources. And everything must be flown in by transport plane, including everything needed for the film crew to live and eat. There are no hotels and no restaurants, no pub of an evening and the daylight hours for filiming in February or March are very short. And in the summer, there are the flies.

The use of Inuktitut, which is still a living language, preserves that essential atmosphere of complete authenticity; the building of igloos, the darkness inside the communal dwelling with only seal oil lamps, the use of bone and driftwood and dried seaweed for tools and fuel are absolutely authentic. And yet not once did I have the impression of watching a documentary. These were real people, living real lives, using real tools, wearing real clothing, relying on the hunt, on luck and on each other for survival.

The story is set a thousand years ago. It is a legend, but one easily sees that it was a real story, passed down through time in the oral tradition. As it plays itself out - in the slow pace of Inuit time, not the frantic, high-pressure pace of our everyday existence - the rules of survival become clear, family alliances, taboos, social practices. Where survival in a lethal environment is moment to moment, social rules broken have immediate consequences not only for individuals but for the whole community, which usually consisted of no more than a dozen or so related individuals. Jealousy, murder, theft could not be tolerated. The story must not, therefore, be judged by our standards. The only way to see this film is with complete openness; not only must you let the characters tell you the events of their drama, you must let them show you why those events were so destructive and why their way of dealing with it was right for them.

This is about survival in a way that someone living in a city with a supermarket down the street, medical care and central heating can probably never fully grasp. It is not for the small-minded, not for anyone who cannot see past his own prejudices or narrow moral concepts and it is not for the squeamish. Survival is messy; it involves animal guts and blood and pain, it involves you in your own continued existence in a way that we can no longer experience in all our plenty and our ease. This film is also about fierce love, blinding jealousy, hatred, courage and abiding patience - all things we share in our common humanity. But the filmmakers did not present the characters as 'noble savages'. Life was about food, about having it or not having it, about hunting it, gathering it, bringing it home, preparing it, preserving it, eating it and then doing it all over again. All the time. The Inuit are in no way 'primitive' people, whatever that truly means; this is how they survived. We couldn't do it - and perhaps that makes us the primitives.

I was fascinated. It takes a short while to become used to the unfamiliar, the setting, the names, the culture shock. After that, it is compelling, and very, very real. The events unfold tragically and inevitably in a distressingly familiar, a frighteningly human way. And you care deeply about the characters, about what happens to them, about whether they win out - because it is made very clear that they have every chance of not surviving for any number of reasons.

And it is gorgeous. The Artic is immensely photogenic but the cinematography was up to the challenge. The sounds are a whole new experience for those who have never been there - the wind, the squeak and crunch of the snow, the dogs, the singing, the drumming, the rattling of bones, the sounds of the ice.

This film is an experience; if the Arctic has ever intrigued you, this must not be missed.







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