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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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Plot:
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 & 11 nominations See more »
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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
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Andrew Micheli ... (uncredited)
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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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Additional Details

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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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:
Atuat:[to Atanarjuat] I hunt you. You're my own wolf.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Futurama: Bender's Big Score (2007) (V)See more »

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21 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
A different language, 20 January 2003
Author: (sprengerguido@hotmail.com) from Taipei

The biggest surprise about the for Inuit-produced feature is that you do not need to be politically correct to like it. It is, besides a few excusable flaws, just a great film. It is extremely difficult to transfer stories from foreign cultures and oral traditions to the screen - the whole visual language of the media is loaded with subtle assumptions on how stories hold together and characters should act; and these assumptions mostly belong to "Western"-modern culture. I think this films great achievement is to avoid much of it. One example: It's not just due to the villainous character of some persons that they behave badly - the conflicts are not just conflicts between individuals. It's rather the entire community that is ill, due to spirit possession.

The film is told in a somewhat different visual language, and this is what makes it so convincing; this is also what makes it difficult to understand at times (particularly in the beginning), but this is the price to pay - it is rather surprising how comprehensible it gets later. The film as a whole is really exciting and touching. It's pace is slow (and I like slow-paced movies). It's solutions for particular scenes are striking - the appearance of the bad spirit in the end is eerie, and the effect is just done by the camera position. On the other hand, there is a sort a documentary immediacy to everything, as if the camera just happened to be in the right spot when the story unfolded (I liked the burping and spitting a lot).

There are, of course, points that don't work out well: The music is the usual One-World-Tribal-kitsch-mud, with didgeridoos and Tuvan throat-singing, as if every "primitive" culture was just the same (an idea originating from 18th century Europe and strangely enough professed by many "tribal" activists today). But, well, it's pretty discrete...

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