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Toronto Fest Goes with Inuit Opener

ReelPolitik By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik March 8, 2006 at 11:59AM

Toronto Fest Goes with Inuit Opener
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The indie film world must survive South by Southwest this weekend, then Tribeca, Cannes, the Los Angeles Film Festival, along with a bevy of summer showcases, but apparently, some people are already looking towards Toronto. Today the festival announced its opening night film, the world premiere of "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen" directed by "The Fast Runner" filmmaking team of Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn. That means that the film won't be playing at Cannes, as Screen Daily had suggested, so Inuit-language fans are just going to have to wait until the fall. If you really can't wait, the film will screen prior to its Toronto screening to Inuit communities within Canada and Greenland, according to the announcement.

Here is more information about the film from the festival press release:

"Set in and around Igloolik in 1922, THE JOURNALS OF KNUD RASMUSSEN is the story of the last great Inuit shaman, Avva, and his beautiful and headstrong daughter, Apak, who lives one foot in her father's world and the other on the verge of the future. As Avva strives to keep his family together on their path into the twentieth century, where the rise of Christianity and commerce is putting a swift end to their culture, a team of Danish scientists arrives to make record of his way of life."

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