Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

Director: Zacharias Kunuk Year: 2001 Run Time: 172min
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat, la légende de l'homme rapide) (2001)

Based on an ancient Inuit legend, Atanarjuat is an epic tale of love, betrayal and revenge. The beautiful Atuat (Ivalu) has been promised to the short-fused Oki (Arnatsiaq), the son of the tribe’s leader. However, she loves the good-natured Atanarjuat (Ungalaaq), a fast runner and excellent hunter. When Atanarjuat is forced to battle the jealous Oki for Atuat’s hand, the events that follow determine not only his fate, but that of his people. Atanarjuat won 20 awards, including eight Genies and the Caméra d’Or at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.

“I am not surprised that The Fast Runner has been a box office hit in its opening engagements. It is unlike anything most audiences will have ever seen, and yet it tells a universal story.”
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


Zacharias Kunuk


Paul Apak Angilirq


Paul Apak Angilirq, Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk, Germaine Ying Gee Wong


Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu


Action/Adventure, Drama




English, French


Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner was filmed and set in Nunavut. Zacharias Kunuk is from Nunavut.

Ratings by Province:

14A Alberta
14A British Columbia
14A Manitoba
14A New Brunswick
14A Newfoundland and Labrador
14A Nova Scotia
14A Northwest Territories
14A Nunavut
14A Ontario
14A Prince Edward Island
G Québec
14A Saskatchewan
14A Yukon