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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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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:

CAD 1,960,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,342, 9 June 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,786,801, 26 January 2003
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Runtime:

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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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Riveting
29 March 2004 | by Mark-309See all my reviews

The atmosphere, the culture, the legend brought to life, the score, the people, it was magical realism done right. I read a lot of insulting reader comments on this film, and I am so glad I went to see it anyway. It was long, but it was in no way slow. I was riveted.

True, it did have a documentary feel... but I like documentaries... you could think of it as a documentary on Inuit legends and story telling as seen by the story tellers and their listeners. The effect was to allow the audience to share the feelings of persons in an alien culture.

The score was eclectic, effectively changing from Inuit chants to Gyuto Monk chants, and then to eerie Bulgarian choral music, and back to Inuit. Again, the effect was to blur cultural boundaries and move the viewer away from the familiar and into the Inuit.

If there was one small fault, the subtitles were done in white, which did not always show up against the landscape. Yellow might have been a better choice.

I suspect that if you are a fan of Jim Jarmusch's "Dead Man" (as I am) then you will be one of this film as well.


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