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Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner

Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner
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Released: April 12, 2002
Director: Zacharias Kunuk
Producer: Norman Cohn, Paul Angilirq, Paul Apak Angilirq, Zacharias Kunuk
Studio: Odeon Films
Cast: Natar Ungalaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Madeline Ivalu, Pauloosie Qulitalik, Eugene Ipkarnak, Pakkak Innukshuk, Pakkak Innushuk, Paul Qulitalik
Genre: Drama
Length: 172 minutes

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Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner Overview

After the camp leader is murdered, the new leader Sauri (Ipkarnak) drives his old rival Tulimaq down through mistreatment and ridicule. Years pass and power begins to change when the resentful Tulimaq has two sons -- Amaqjuaq, The Strong One (Innukshuk), and Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner (Ungalaaq). As the camp's best hunters they provoke jealousy and rage in their rival, Oki (Arnatsiaq), the leader's ill-tempered son. When The Fast Runner wins away Oki's promised bride-to-be, the beautiful Atuat (Ivalu), Oki conspires to murder the brothers.

Based on an ancient Inuit legend that takes place in the eastern artic wilderness near Igloolik near the dawn of the first millenium.


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