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262 Ratings

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner


Directed by Zacharias Kunuk
Canada, 2001


Set in the ancient past, the film retells an Inuit legend passed down through centuries of oral tradition. A warrior’s endurance is tested after an evil spirit begins to cause strife in his community.

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Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner Directed by Zacharias Kunuk

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2001 | Winner: Golden Camera

Independent Spirit Awards

2003 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

Toronto International Film Festival

2001 | Winner: Best Canadian Feature Film


I am not surprised that The Fast Runner has been a box office hit in its opening engagements. It is unlike anything most audiences will ever have seen, and yet it tells a universal story.
June 28, 2002
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The somewhat confusing first 30 minutes demand patience, but once the drama kicks in, The Fast Runner holds you easily in its spell. A good story is a good story.
June 23, 2002
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Though never boring, the movie is a fairly long slog through the snow. It requires a major time investment for a return that’s palpable but modest — the satisfied sense of having had an authentic experience.
June 21, 2002
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