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The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)
The Fast Runner
Actors: Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Madeline Ivalu
Director: Zacharias Kunuk
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
R     2003     2hr 52min

A shaman has placed a curse on a nomadic Inuit village in the Canadian Arctic leading to malevolence and violence among the clan.


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Actors: Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Madeline Ivalu
Director: Zacharias Kunuk
Creators: Pauloosie Qulitalik, Zacharias Kunuk, Germaine Wong, Norman Cohn, Herve Paniaq, Paul Apak Angilirq
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/11/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/2001
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 2hr 52min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 10
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Inuit cinema
The Institute | 04/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A very good and interesting film made by the Inuit that deserves to be more well known. The film is well acted, directed and filmed and it is a terrific introduction to Inuit life, culture, and geography."
Epic big screen film
Scott Weinstein | Maryland | 05/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) is one of the greatest movies made. Period. Yet it is a shame that such a gem is a victim of cultural and corporate marginalization. It's a small budget film from the edges of Canadian cinema. There are no white actors in Atanarjuat, so cultural racism is also a reason few have seen it. I was lucky enough to see it in a theatre when it first came out - it played for a few weeks at one or two cinemas in Montreal where I live, then disappeared. Some films must be seen in a theatre with a big screen and full sound system - films that have great visuals and sound. This is one.

Antanarjuat has all the features of a great movie: transcendental script of the human condition employing novelty, humor, morality and tragedy; fantastic cinematography of the Artic; terrific acting; absorbing characters; and creative sound. I still remember the breathing of the naked runner in the frozen snow.

If you see Antanarjuat on a dvd, use a big screen and crank up the sound. Enjoy."
Sandra Barber | Australia | 01/24/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

I found this Movie to be slow but a beautiful story of culture and survival, moral values.
this movie gives you an insight into the ways of old when there were no luxuries like a knife or a plate or shops to go and purchase your clothes.
it also takes you to a place where families had strong connections and people had specific jobs.
this movie also show the consequence of family betrayal and deceit."