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
Paul Apak Angilirq
Norman Cohn, Paul Apak Angilirq, Germaine Ying Gee Wong, Zacharias Kunuk
Sylvia Ivalu, Natar Ungalaaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner was filmed and set in Nunavut. Zacharias Kunuk is from Nunavut.