Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  172 min.
Release Date: April 12, 2002
DVD: November 19, 2002

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Cast: Natar Ungalaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Madeline Ivalu, Pauloosie Qulitalik, Eugene Ipkarnak, Pakkak Innukshuk


After the camp leader is murdered, the new leader Sauri (Ipkarnak) drives his old rival Tulimaq down through mistreatment and ridicule. Years pass and power begins to change when the resentful Tulimaq has two sons -- Amaqjuaq, The Strong One (Innukshuk), and Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner (Ungalaaq). As the camp's best hunters they provoke jealousy and rage in their rival, Oki (Arnatsiaq), the leader's ill-tempered son. When The Fast Runner wins away Oki's promised bride-to-be, the beautiful Atuat (Ivalu), Oki conspires to murder the brothers.

Based on an ancient Inuit legend that takes place in the eastern artic wilderness near Igloolik near the dawn of the first millenium.

Director: Zacharias Kunuk
Studio: Odeon Films
Producer(s): Zacharias Kunuk, Paul Apak Angilirq, Norman Cohn
Screenplay: Paul Apak Angilirq
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