Movies: The Ice Storm Cometh

The Inuit epic Atanarjuat--The Fast Runner is the coolest--and quirkiest--movie of the summer season

The hot art-house ticket this summer is for one cool movie. Atanarjuat--The Fast Runner has won festival prizes and critics' raves, and not only because it's the first fiction feature made about the Canadian Inuit by an Inuit director, Zacharias Kunuk, and writer, the late Paul Apak Angilirq. If that were the film's only distinction, it might get shown in natural-history museums. Atanarjuat will soon be in 60 U.S. cities because it is a ripping yarn and a spectacularly new and odd vision.

In the Arctic village of Igloolik live two brothers: Amaqjuaq (Pakkak Innukshuk), the strong one, and Atanarjuat (Natar...

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