Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2002)

  • Genre: Fantasy, Drama
  • Release Date: 2002-02-01
  • User Rating: 6.9/10 from 64 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 52min
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  • Production Company: Igloolik Isuma Productions Inc.
  • Production Country: Canada
  • Director: Zacharias Kunuk
star 6.9/10
From 64 Ratings


Based on a local legend and set in an unknown era, it deals with universal themes of love, possessiveness, family, jealousy and power. Beautifully shot, and acted by Inuit people, it portrays a time when people fought duels by taking turns to punch each other until one was unconscious, made love on the way to the caribou hunt, ate walrus meat and lit their igloos with seal-oil lamps.

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  • Natar Ungalaaq

    as Atanarjuat
  • Sylvia Ivalu

    as Atuat
  • Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq

    as Oki
  • Lucy Tulugarjuk

    as Puja
  • Pakak Innuksuk

    as Amaqjuaq (as Pakkak Innushuk)
  • Madeline Ivalu

    as Panikpak
  • Pauloosie Qulitalik

    as Qulitalik / A shaman (as Paul Qulitalik)
  • Eugene Ipkarnak

    as Sauri, the chief
  • Neeve Irngaut

    as Uluriaq
  • Abraham Ulayuruluk

    as Tungajuaq
  • Apayata Kotierk

    as Kumaglak
  • Mary Qulitalik

    as Niriuniq
  • Luke Taqqaugaq

    as Pittiulak
  • Alex Uttak

    as Pakak
  • Felix Alaralak

    as Tulimaq
Directing Zacharias Kunuk Director
Editing Zacharias Kunuk Editor
Production Zacharias Kunuk Producer
Writing Zacharias Kunuk Writer
Production Paul Apak Angilirq Producer
Writing Paul Apak Angilirq Writer
Camera Norman Cohn Director of Photography
Editing Norman Cohn Editor
Production Norman Cohn Producer
Writing Norman Cohn Author
Writing Herve Paniaq Writer
Writing Pauloosie Qulitalik Writer
Costume & Make-Up Atuat Akkitirq Costume Design
Editing Marie-Christine Sarda Editor
Production Sally Bochner Producer
Sound Chris Crilly Music
Production Germaine Ying Gee Wong Producer
Art James Ungalaaq Production Design