Director: Zacharias KunukWriter(s): Paul Apak Angilirq
Star(s): Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk
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 international 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 ever have seen, and yet it tells a universal story.”
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
An Officer of the Order of Canada, Kunuk is an Inuk director and producer. In 2015, Atanarjuat was selected as the number one Canadian film of all time, according to TIFF’s Canada’s All-Time Top Ten List. His latest film is Maliglutit, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
- Civics - 10
- History - 10, 11, 12
- Social Science - 11, 12
Screening Language Options:
- English Language with French Subtitles
- Other Language with English Subtitles