The fast runner [videorecording] / Lot 47 Films ; Igloolik Isuma Productions presents a National Film Board of Canada co-production ; producers, Paul Apak Angilirq , Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk ; director Zacharias Kunuk ; writer Paul Apak Angilirq.
Culver City, Calif. : Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, c2002.
Set amongst the Inuit people of the arctic, the film is a thrilling, passionate story exploring the universal themes of love, revenge and survival. When a small, nomadic community is cursed by an unknown shaman, the curse is still felt years later. Atanarjuat falls in love with Atuat, a woman already promised to the son of hte clan's leader. In a fight, she is won by Atanarjuat causing vengeful clan leader Oki to plot to attack Atanarjuat and his brother in their sleep. Atanarjuat manages to escape and sets off running across the ice, embarking on a harrowing adventure to survive in the brutal wilderness. His journey ends when he returns, stronger and wiser, to reclaim his life and stop the curse that has divided his people.
In Inuktitut, with English and French subtitles.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2001.
Photography, Norman Cohn ; editors, Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn, Marie-Christine Sarda ; original music, Chris Crilly.
Consensus: Compelling human drama and stunning cinematography make The Fast Runner an absorbing experience.
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