Screening at MoMA as part of the Film exhibition Canadian Front 2009.
Ce qu'il faut pour vivre (The Necessities of Life). 2008. Canada. Directed by Benoit Pilon. Written by Bernard Émond. With Natar Ungalaaq, Eveline Gélinas, Vincent-Guillaume Otis. Canada's official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at this year's Academy Awards is a poignant, lump-in-the-throat melodrama about displacement. Ungalaaq, the Inuit star of The Fast Runner, plays a man wrenched from his family and community when he is diagnosed with tuberculosis in the mid 1950s. The former hunter must convalesce in a strange land where seasons are as foreign to him as the French spoken in the sanatorium. Both director and writer are Canadian Front veterans, Pilon with his documentary Roger Toupin, and Émond with two dramas, Summit Circle and 20h17 rue Darling. Courtesy of IFC Films. In French, Inuktitut; English subtitles. 102 min.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 7:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1 (East Coast premiere)
Sunday, March 22, 2009, 1:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2 (East Coast premiere)
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