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The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)

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The Fast Runner

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
172 minutes
Limited Release Date:
06/07/02
performer:
Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Grant Geissman, Sylvia Ivalu
director:
Zacharias Kunuk
distributor:
Lot 47 Films
author:
Paul Apak Angilirq
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A

This stunning, fully formed masterpiece, the first feature ever in the Inuktitut language, retells a thousand-year-old Inuit legend about a blood feud between families unleashed by shamanistic forces but resolved by men. The northern Canadian vistas of ice, light, and vivid nothingness are dazzling in their real vastness. But The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat) is equally notable for the authoritative pace, so confident in its own Inuit-ness, with which the story is told and for the grace and ardor of the cast, most of them untrained.