Sunday, 3 August 2008

Atanarjuat - The Fast Runner

From one movie with full frontal male nudity to another ...

Our reader Netania suggested we briefly stray from the Eurasian continent over to Canada. After all, the indigenous populations of Arctic Russia and Arctic North America are not all that far from each other.

Atanarjuat - The Fast Runner (2001) is a film based on a legend from Igloolik, a community located on a small island in the north Baffin region of the Canadian Arctic.

This is Canada's first feature-length fiction film written, produced, directed, and acted by Inuit. In the movie, the hero Atanarjuat has to battle natural and supernatural bullies ("the inter-generational fallout from bad stuff by one badass shaman in polar-bear leggings", as Netania put it) in order to win his beloved and restore peace in the tribe.

Atanarjuat (Natar Ungalaaq) and his brother Amaqjuaq (Pakak Innukshuk).

Atanarjuat is the hero, and he gets the full frontal nudity scene - while running for his life from his rival Oki's murderous intent across the spring sea ice (!) - but of course the "bad guy" Oki actually seems more interesting ...

Atanarjuat and Oki (Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq) face off in a head punch contest over Oki's promised wife-to-be, Atuat.

After he has murdered his father Sauri, Oki dons the walrus tooth necklace for the first time.


Finally, director Zacharias Kunuk:

Check out the galleries section of the official website for more screenshots (including nude scenes) and other photos.


ainur said...

They are sooo handsome... *swoons over the snow goggles*

Now how is it possible that I come here, deeply depressed on a Monday night, not wanting to go to work in the morning and generally feeling like crap, and find not one but TWO posts with lots of handsome men, inspiring stories and great artwork... Thanks to my sisters in blood and spirit, Tinet and Netania.

And, of course, thanks to the Inuit filmmakers and actors - and Viggo!

Tinet said...


We live to serve your need for Chirayliq.