• Atanarjuat the Fast Runner (2001)

Atanarjuat the Fast Runner

Release Date: 2001

R |2 hr 48 min

Plot Summary

"Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner" is an epic film made by and about the Inuit peoples of the Canadian arctic, telling a story of a crime that ruptures the trust within a closely knit group, and how justice is achieved and healing begins. Director Zacharias Kunuk and his writer, Paul Apak Angilin, collected oral versions of an Inuit legend from several elders, collated them into a story, submitted the story to the elders for suggestions and then filmed it as a collaborative expression.

Cast: Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Pakak Innuksuk, Madeline Ivalu, Paul Qulitalik, Pauloosie Qulitalik

Director: Zacharias Kunuk

Genres: Adventure , Drama

Keywords: Marriage, Gritty, Brother, Emotional, 2000s, Sacrifice, Revenge, Wife, Love, Survival, Rivalry

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Jack MathewsNew York Daily News

    Don't miss The Fast Runner. If you do, you will deprive yourself of not only one of the most intriguing feature-film projects in decades and enough plain-spoken anthropology for three credits at Harvard, but one of the most flat-out entertaining movies of the year.

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    An experience so engrossing it is like being buried in a new environment. show more

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    A landmark movie that becomes a priceless entryway into a distant land and its people, few of whom will ever seem as foreign and far away again. show more

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