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Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)

Atanarjuat (original title)
R | | Drama | 26 July 2002 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Zacharias Kunuk

Writers:

Paul Apak Angilirq, Norman Cohn (additional writer) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natar Ungalaaq ... Atanarjuat
Sylvia Ivalu Sylvia Ivalu ... Atuat
Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq ... Oki
Lucy Tulugarjuk Lucy Tulugarjuk ... Puja
Madeline Ivalu Madeline Ivalu ... Panikpak
Pauloosie Qulitalik Pauloosie Qulitalik ... Qulitalik / A shaman (as Paul Qulitalik)
Eugene Ipkarnak Eugene Ipkarnak ... Sauri, the chief
Pakak Innuksuk Pakak Innuksuk ... Amaqjuaq (as Pakkak Innushuk)
Neeve Irngaut Neeve Irngaut ... Uluriaq
Abraham Ulayuruluk Abraham Ulayuruluk ... Tungajuaq
Apayata Kotierk Apayata Kotierk ... Kumaglak
Mary Qulitalik Mary Qulitalik ... Niriuniq
Luke Taqqaugaq Luke Taqqaugaq ... Pittiulak
Alex Uttak Alex Uttak ... Pakak
Eric Nutarariaq Eric Nutarariaq ... Young Sauri
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Storyline

Centuries ago, in what would become the Canadian Arctic, Atuat is promised to the malevolent Oki, son of the leader of their tribe. But Atuat loves the good-natured Atanarjuat, who ultimately finds a way to marry her. Oki's sister, Puja also fancies Atanarjuat, and when she causes strife between him and his brother Amaqjuaq, Oki seizes the opportunity to wreak a terrible revenge on Atanarjuat. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality/nudity and violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Companion website

Country:

Canada

Language:

Inuktitut

Release Date:

26 July 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) See more »

Filming Locations:

Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD1,960,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,789,952

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,204,281
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

While this film would never get SPCA approval, every animal killed was used in true Inuit fashion; all the meat was consumed, and the skins were put to practical use. See more »

Goofs

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.
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The film's end credits play next to behind the scenes footage of the making of the film. Many primary cast and crew members appear at the same time that their credits come on screen. See more »

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Well crafted and refreshingly different
22 July 2001 | by hamishfinlaySee all my reviews

Pretty well guaranteed to be the only Inuit film you will ever see. This is the story of two brothers and the trouble caused to them by a neighbouring family/tribe and some kind of evil spirit. The mystical elements are fairly low key and the story revolves around the always popular themes of jealousy, betrayal, rivalry and love.

If the plot is nothing new, the people it portrays are. As the story progresses almost documentary like details of hunting, igloo-building, celebrations and other aspects of life in the frozen north of Canada are provided. Much of the movies' strength comes the sheer originality of the culture. When is the last time you saw an Inuit man running naked across the ice being pursued by murderers in seal skins?

The cinematography is particularly striking, with the powerful light of the Arctic giving the film its own character. Vast landscapes of snow and ice are contrasted with the confines of the igloo and tent. Very impressive for a first time director.

The film would probably have been improved by some judicious editing. As you enter the third hour your desire to see another set of feet trudging through the snow is a little limited.

Well crafted, full of fascinating details and certainly one of a kind.


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