The Necessities of Life
(2008, 102 min.) CANADA
Director: Benoît Pilon
In French and Inuktitut with English subtitles.
In the 1950’s Tivii, an Inuit hunter and family man from Baffin Island (played by Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner‘s Natar Ungalaaq), is taken from his village and put into a Quebec City tuberculosis sanatorium. There he meets an Inuit orphan who helps him navigate a strange and lonely new world.
In 2009 the film won four Genie Awards—the Canadian Oscar—including Best Director and Best Actor.
Image credit: Louise Marleau as Soeur Luce and Natar Ungalaaq as Tivii in THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE directed by Benoit Pilon; Natar Ungalaaq as Tivii and additional cast in THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE directed by Benoit Pilon