09 20 Oct '24
B00fb9f0 e8bd 485b a49c e56757244ad0

Zacharias Kunuk

Atanarjuat

172' - 2000 - Drama - Dialogue: Inuktitut
Director: Zacharias Kunuk Composer: Chris Crilly With: Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Madeline Ivalu
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 pass. Power begins to change when Amaqjuaq, the Strong One, and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner provoke jealousy and rage in their rival, Oki, the leader's ill-tempered son. When Atanarjuat wins away Oki's promised wife-to-be, Oki vows to get even. He plots to murder both brothers while they sleep. Amaqjuaq is killed, but Atanarjuat miraculously escapes, running naked for his life across the spring sea ice. Eluding his pursuers, Atanarjuat is hidden and nursed back to health by an old couple. After an inner struggle to reclaim his spiritual path, Atanarjuat learns to face both natural and supernatural enemies, and heads home to rescue his family. Will he continue the bloody cycle of revenge, or restore harmony to the community?

Image gallery

B00fb9f0 e8bd 485b a49c e56757244ad0
7963b84a 538b 49de a7e5 d711b203e87f

Credits

Director

Zacharias Kunuk

Composer

Chris Crilly

With

Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk, Madeline Ivalu

Scenario

Paul Apak Angilirq

Director of Photography

Norman Cohn

Editor

Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn, Marie-Christine Sarda

Producer

Paul Apak Angilirq, Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk

More information

Dialogue

Inuktitut

Countries of production

Canada

Year

2000

Stay up to date, subscribe to our newsletter

Do you want to stay up to date with festival news, our year-round activities, the films and the filmmakers?