Oscar 2008: Necessities of Life is Canada's Entry to Foreign-Language Oscar

Sep 16, 2008–Canada has submitted Montreal director Benoit Pilon's “The Necessities of Life,” a French-and Innu-language film about an Inuit hunter with tuberculosis in 1950s Quebec, for consideration in the Academy Awards' foreign-language film category.

The film world premiered at the recent Montreal World Film Festival and is playing in cinemas in Quebec. It stars Natar Ungalaaq (“Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner”) as the Inuit man with TB who is taken from his home in the far North and brought to a sanatorium in Quebec City. The feature examinest the culture clash that occurs when he arrives at the sanatorium.