Atanarjuat voted No. 1 Canadian film of all time

Zacharias Kunuk's Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner replaces the 1971 film Mon Oncle Antoine, which had been the long-standing favourite, for the top spot in the fourth edition of Canada's All-Time Top Ten List.

Bumps out Mon Oncle Antoine for top spot in TIFF list

Natar Ungalaaq in a scene from the 2001 movie Atanarjuat:The Fast Runner by Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk. (The Canadian Press)

The film Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner by Nunavut director Zacharias Kunuk is the number 1 Canadian film of all time, according to the fourth edition of Canada's All-Time Top Ten List.

Atanarjuat replaced the 1971 film Mon Oncle Antoine, which had been the long-standing favourite. Previous lists were released in 1984, 1993 and 2004.

The Toronto International Film Festival asked film insiders and academics from around the world what they think is the most memorable Canadian film ever.

Atanarjuat, which was shot in Nunavut and is entirely in Inuktitut, won the Camera D'Or prize for best first feature film at the Cannes International Film Festival when it was released in 2001.

Canada's All-Time Top Ten List of Canadian films:

1. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, Zacharias Kunuk (2001)

2. Mon oncle Antoine, Claude Jutra (1971)

3. The Sweet Hereafter, Atom Egoyan (1997)

4. Jésus de Montréal, Denys Arcand (1989)

5. Léolo, Jean-Claude Lauzon (1992)

6. Goin' Down the Road, Don Shebib (1970)

7. Dead Ringers, David Cronenberg (1988)

8. C.R.A.Z.Y., Jean-Marc Vallée (2005)

9. My Winnipeg, Guy Maddin (2007)

10. Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley (2012)/Les Ordres, Michel Brault (1974)


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