Zacharias Kunuk’s New Film to Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival
Celebrated director Zacharias Kunuk’s newest film Maliglutit (Searchers), had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. The period drama follows the principal character of Kuanana, who returns from a caribou hunt to discover his wife and daughter have been kidnapped and the rest of his family slaughtered. Set in Nunavut, circa 1913, this Arctic epic was inspired by the classic John Ford western of the same name. The film, which was co-directed by Natar Ungalaaq, premiered on Monday, September 12 to a standing ovation and was accompanied with a surprise performance from Tanya Tagaq. “I’m very happy with [the film] and the actors,” said Ungalaaq. “They learned very quickly.”
Benjamin Kunuk plays Kuanana in Zacharias Kunuk’s latest film, Maliglutit Courtesy Kingulliit Productions Inc.