With its origins as an all-Inuit production that was filmed in Nunavut in the Inuktitut language, Genie (Canada's Oscars) Award winner as best Canadian film, “Atanarjuat: The Fast Runne” arrives in Geneva at the Smith Opera House.
“The Fast Runner” is based on an ancient Inuit legend which takes place in the area around Igloolik, “place of houses,” in the eastern arctic wilderness at the dawn of the first millennium. Evil in the form of an unknown shaman divides a small community of nomadic Inuit, upsetting its balance and spirit. Twenty years pass. Two brothers emerge to challenge the evil order: Amaqjuaq, the Strong One, and Atanarjuat, the Fast Runner. Atanarjuat wins the hand of the lovely Atuat away from the boastful son of the camp leader, Oki, who vows to get even. Oki ambushes the brothers in their sleep, killing Amaqjuaq, as Atanarjuat miraculously escapes running naked over the spring sea ice. But can he ever escape the cycle of vengeance left behind?
“Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner” will be screened October 31 and November 2 and 3. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. In Inuktitut with subtitles, this film is not rated. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. All seats on Thursday are $3.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355 LIVE for additional information. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.