Directed by Zacharias Kanuk (Canada, 2001, 172 min.).
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner is an epic film made by and about the Inuit peoples of the Canadian Arctic, telling the story of a crime that ruptures the trust within a closely knit group and how justice is achieved and healing begins. Director Zacharias Kunuk (Searchers) and writer Paul Apak Angilin collected oral versions of an Inuit legend from several elders, collated them into a story, submitted the story to the elders for suggestions, and then filmed it as a collaborative expression. The film was the first Canadian feature to win the Golden Camera at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and was Canada’s submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film that year.
While you’re here, check out the Summer Pop-Up Shop in the American Wing, featuring unique sculptures and limited edition prints made by contemporary Inuit Artists.
To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975 ($6 processing fee applies); to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.