Zacharias Kunuk | Canada | 2016 | 94 MIN | Feature
Friday 21 October 2016 | 6:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
Zacharias Kunuk brings us another cinematic masterpiece from the north. Co-directed by Natar Ungalaaq.
In 1913 Nunavut, a community’s well-being hangs in the balance. After an elder senses a foreboding, four men are exiled for the misfortune and trouble they will surely bring to the small group of Inuit. Angry and dangerous, the men roam the snowy tundra with a sickness in their hearts and minds.
Farther away, a man and his son are on hunt for caribou, having been shown the way by his spirit helper, Kallulik, the loon. While the pair had a successful hunt, upon their return the man finds his wife and daughter kidnapped, and the other members of his family murdered by the marauding exiles. Coming to his aid, Kallulik sets him on course to find his family and avenge the deaths of his loved ones.
Zacharias Kunuk (Inuk) is a renowned filmmaker whose dramatic feature films include Atanarjuat The Fast Runner, which won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes film festival in 2001, and The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, co-directed with Norman Cohn, which opened the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. Kunuk is the winner of a National Arts Award, the National Aboriginal Achievement Award and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005. Atanarjuat was recently named as the top Canadian film of all time by TIFF.