Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner
Arctic terns circle and swoop threateningly overhead. Atanarjuat hunts for eggs with the young girl. He walks gingerly on tender feet. Terns dive-bomb the egg snatchers to drive them off. Atanarjuat reaches down for a small brown egg. Before his hand touches it, the egg cracks open by itself. His hand freezes. The two stare down at it in shock.
Atanarjuat: Let’s go back. Things like this shouldn’t happen.
A naked man running for his life across the ice, his hair flying ... Paul Apak Angilirq and Zacharias Kunuk grew up hearing the incredible legend of Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner. So, when they became filmmakers, the project they were most eager to tackle was the story of love, murder, revenge and shamanism that had haunted them since childhood.
And tackle it they did. Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner, the first feature film scripted in the Inuktitut language and made almost entirely by Inuit filmmakers and actors, has become a legend of its own, even taking the Camèra D’or prize for best first feature at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.
This book presents the entire screenplay of Atanarjuat in a dual-language edition (in both Inuktitut syllabics and English), and contextualizes it with interviews with the filmmakers, detailed explorations of the legend of Atanarjuat and of the Inuit culture and large full-colour photos with detailed captions throughout. It is, simultaneously, a document of a spectacular film and an incredible culture.