Film set for release on Festival Direct label

IFC has acquired another ’09 foreign language Oscar entry: Canadian helmer Benoit Pilon’s “The Necessities of Life,” a drama about an Inuit hunter who becomes friends with a young boy. Pic stars Natar Ungalaaq and is set for 2009 release under its Festival Direct VOD label.

“Necessities” bowed at the Montreal World Film Fest where it received the grand jury prize, among others. Pic is written by Pilon and Bernard Edmond, and produced by Bernadette Payeur and Rene Chenier.

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