Maliglutit (Searchers)

Zacharias KunukCanada93 minutes201614AColourInuktitut

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Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) returns with this Arctic epic inspired by the classic John Ford western of the same name, about a vengeful husband who sets off in pursuit of the violent men who kidnapped his wife and destroyed his home.

Intro and Q&A with director Zacharias Kunuk and co-director Natar Ungalaaq

Fifteen years ago, Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk won the prestigious Caméra d’or for Best First Feature at Cannes with Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner. His second feature, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, opened TIFF in 2006. A decade later, Kunuk and collaborator Natar Ungalaaq have used the plot of John Ford’s 1956 western The Searchers as inspiration for a very different kind of revenge story, in which an Inuk man and his band of maliglutit ("followers") set out across the barren Arctic in search of the marauders who have ransacked his home and kidnapped his wife. Like Ford’s film, Kunuk's Maliglutit (Searchers) explores the repercussions of violence, asking whether these hunters have begun to act like those who have torn apart their family. Very unlike Ford, Kunuk questions not only the colonial ideology inherent to the western genre, but also the possibility of justice in a seemingly unjust world. With a tale as timeless as the landscape in which it is set, Canada’s foremost Inuk filmmaker has provided us with another classic.

Il y a 15 ans,il remportait la Caméra d'orà Cannes avec son premier film, Atanarjuat, la légende de l'homme rapide. En 2006, son second long métrage, Le journal de Knud Rasmussen, était présenté en ouverture du TIFF. Le cinéaste inuit Zacharias Kunuk est désormais de retour avec une troisième œuvre, Maliglutit, coréalisée par Natar Ungalaaq. Inspiré du western La prisonnière du désert, signé par John Ford en 1956, leur film se présente comme un récit de vengeance complètement différent : un Inuit et sa bande de maliglutit (" adeptes ") parcourent les terres stériles de l'Arctique en quête des maraudeurs qui ont saccagé sa maison et kidnappé son épouse. Comme chez Ford, Maliglutit de Kunuk porte sur les répercussions de la violence. En effet, il remet en causeles actions de ces chasseurs qui semblent agir de plus en plus comme ceux qui ont détruit leur famille. Mais à mille lieues du célèbre film des années 1950, Kunuk soulève des questions sur l'idéologie colonialiste du genre western et sur la justice dans un monde qui est, de toute évidence, injuste. Avec ce conte aussi intemporel que le paysage dans lequel il se dénoue, le plus important cinéaste inuit du Canada nous livre un nouveau classique.

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Zacharias Kunuk

Zacharias Kunuk was born at Kapuivik, in Canada's Igloolik region (now part of Nunavut). His first dramatic feature, Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (01), won the award for Best Canadian Feature at TIFF and the Caméra d'Or at Cannes. His other works as director include the feature The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (06), which screened at the Festival, a Genie-winning segment of The National Parks Project (11), and the television documentary Inuit Cree Reconciliation (13), co-directed with Neil Diamond. Maliglutit (Searchers) (16) is his latest feature.