film in aboriginal language
- "ATARNAJUAT, THE FAST RUNNER" presented at 2001 Cannes Film Festival.
Excerpts from NY Times Monday, May 21, 2001:
"...The Camera d'Or for best first feature, given by a separate jury
presided over by the Portuguese actress and director Maria de
Medeiros,went to "Atanarjuat the Fast Runner," Zacharias Kunuk's
lyrical, fablelike film set in a small Inuit community in northern
Evil in the form of a mysterious, unknown shaman enters a small
community of nomadic Inuit and upsets its balance and spirit of
cooperation. The stranger leaves behind a lingering curse of
bitterness and discord. Years later, the community's best hunters,
Amajuat, the Strong One, and his brother, Atanarjuat, the Fast
Runner, provoke jealousy and rage in the leader's ill-tempered son,
Oki. When Atanarjuat wins away Oki's promised wife-to-be, Oki vows to
get even and hatches a plot to murder both brothers while they sleep.
Amajuat is killed, but Atanarjuat escapes by running for his life,
naked, across the spring sea ice. Later, after a spiritual struggle to
reclaim his path, Atanarjuat learns to face both his natural and
supernatural enemies. This exciting thriller, set in ancient Igloolik
in Canada's eastern Arctic, is Canada's first feature film written
and produced in an Aboriginal language.
Production Igloolik, Isuma Productions
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