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The Fast RunnerAtanarjuat (The Fast Runner), the first feature ever in the language of Inuktitut, is ostensibly about two Inuit families cursed to feud for...The Fast RunnerDramaPT172MUnratedAtanarjuat (The Fast Runner), the first feature ever in the language of Inuktitut, is ostensibly about two Inuit families cursed to feud for...2003-02-14Lot 47 Films

The Fast Runner

Genre: Drama; Starring: Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Grant Geissman, Sylvia Ivalu; Director: Zacharias Kunuk; Author: Paul Apak Angilirq; Release Date Limited: 06/07/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 172; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Lot 47 Films

Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner), the first feature ever in the language of Inuktitut, is ostensibly about two Inuit families cursed to feud for years. Atanarjuat, a hunter, angers the tribal leader’s son by stealing a promised bride. As a result, he must escape into the stark, icy landscape of northern Canada. Director Zacharias Kunuk devotes long scenes to the tribe’s activities, like igloo building, often making his debut more documentary than drama. But he performs a rare feat, making audiences relate to and understand what would otherwise be an impenetrably exotic culture.

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