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How Quest for Fire Developed a Language and Became a Hit

Posted May 2, 2019 Categories FILM FACTS, VIDEO, CANADIAN FILM, DRAMA, FANTASY, CANADIAN CONNECTIONS
How Quest for Fire Developed a Language and Became a Hit

Quest for Fire, Jean-Jacques Annaud's 1981 science fantasy film, explores the interactions between three tribes of prehistoric humans vying for control of a new, invaluable tool: fire. The France/Canada coproduction turned to A Clockwork Orange novelist Anthony Burgess to create languages for the rival tribes, one of which incorporates vocabulary from Cree and Inuit.

Despite, or perhaps because of, the film's unintelligible languages and lack of subtitles, critics lauded the film which would go on to win 5 Genies in Canada, including Best Actress in a Leading Role for Rae Dawn Chong, the Oscar for Best Makeup and Hair, and France's César awards for Best Director and Best Film.

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