Next film:
Previous film:

Maliglutit (Searchers)

Canada 2016. Dir: Zacharias Kunuk. 94 min. DCP

Fifteen years ago, Zacharias Kunuk directed Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, winner of the Caméra d’Or at Cannes and recently voted the top Canadian film of all time. In his latest feature, Kunuk and collaborator Natar Ungalaaq use the revenge plot of John Ford’s 1956 Western The Searchers as inspiration for the tale of an Inuk man and his band of maliglutit (“followers”) who 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 Searchers explores the repercussions of violence; unlike Ford, Kunuk questions the colonial ideology inherent to the Western and 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. — TIFF


VIOLENCE
PERSONS UNDER 14 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT

 

REVIEWS

"Impressive ... A riveting 'northern' and destined to become a staple of Canadian cinema."

The Playlist | full review

"As existential as the best westerns ... Kunuk’s mix of frosty panoramas, intense close-ups, and odd handheld sled sequences makes for heady viewing."

The Georgia Straight | full review