The film premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival in August where it was awarded the Grand Prix of the Jury as well audience prizes for most popular film and most popular Canadian film. It was selected as Canada's entry for the foreign-language Oscar nominations. The film is being sold internationally by E1 International.
In a statement, Anick Poirier, E1 International vice-president of international sales said, 'IFC is a prestigious company and we are very happy with this first association with them. The exceptional career of The Necessities Of Life abroad is an achievement of which we are very proud!'
The film stars Natar Ungalaaq (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) as an Innu man transported from his remote community to Quebec City for treatment for tuberculosis. The cure is worse than the illness until the intervention of a young native boy helps him bridge the culture gap and regain his will to live.
The film, which shot in the Canadian arctic and Quebec City, was produced by Bernadette Payeur of Montreal's ACPAV and Rene Chenier. The screenplay is by Bernard Emond along with Pilon.
The film next screens at the Palm Spring International Film Festival, the American Film Institute, the Santa Barbara Film Festival, the Göteborg International Film Festival, New York's Museum of Modern Art and Film Fest Munchen.