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Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner  (2001) / From Cherry English  (2005)

Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner (2001)
November 8, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner (Canada, 2001)

Directed by
Zacharias Kunuk (Inuit).

Based on an old Inuit legend, the chief of the clan has two sons, Amaqjuaq, the Strong One and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner.  Jealousy between them leads to a bloody conflict that ends in the death of the chief and Amaqujuaq, while Atanarjuat must flee naked over the barren ice sea.  Director Zacharias Kunuk’s award-winning film, the first ever in the Inuktitut-language, presents a violent and brutal environment punctuated by moments of kindness in stark and breathtakingly beautiful landscape.

Igloolik Isuma Productions.  Producer: Paul Apak Angilurq, Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn, Germaine Wong.  Screenwriter: Paul Apak Angilurq.  Cinematographer: Norman Cohn.  Editor: Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk, Marie-Christina Sarda.  Cast: Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Madeline Ivalu.

Blu-Ray, color, in Inuktitut with English subtitles, 170 min.

Preceded by

From Cherry English (Canada, 2005)

Directed by
Jeff Barnaby (Mi'g Maq).

Jeff Barnaby weaves a jarring allegory of cultural loss and dysphoria in this fantastical tale of a man's relationship to his language.

Producer: George Hargrave, Paul Rickard.  Screenwriter: Jeff Barnaby.  Cinematographer: Ian Lagarde.  Editor: Paul Raphael.  Cast: Nathaniel Arcand, George Wahiakeron Gilbert, Dana Klyszejko, Darlene Nolan.

Betacam, color, 10 min.