Zacharias Kunuk’s New Film to Pre­miere at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val

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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.

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