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  • Petek Kurtboke
    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,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 1, 2001
      "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

      FROM: http://www.telefilm.gc.ca/en/prod/film/film_00/001.htm

      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
      Igloolik, Nunavut
      Phone:(867) 934-8809
      Fax: (867) 934-8700
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