Canadians choose ‘Life’ for Oscars

Pilon's film submitted for consideration

MONTREAL — Canada has submitted Montreal helmer 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.

Pic world preemed 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.

Pic looks at the culture clash that occurs when he arrives at the sanatorium.

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