Benoit Pilon's Necessities Of Life (Ce Qu'il Faut Pour Vivre) has been selected as Canada's submission for the the foreign language film category at the 81st Academy Awards.

Written by Pilon and Bernard Emond and produced by Bernadette Payeur of Montreal-based ACPAV, the film world premiered in competition at this past Montreal World Film Festival where it won a Special Grand Prix of the Jury as well as the audience prizes for most popular film at the festival and most popular Canadian film at the festival. The film is being sold for the world by E1's Seville International.

Set in the 1950s, the film follows an ailing Inuit hunter removed from his native habitat to Quebec City. Unable to communicate with anyone he resolves to die.. until a nurse introduces a young Inuit orphan as his medium and creates an ideal symbiosis for both man and boy. The film's lead, Natar Ungalaaq, was the star of Zacharias Kunuk's Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner.

The film was chosen among 16 eligible titles submitted by producers this year. The pan-Canadian selection committee is chaired by a non-voting Telefilm Canada representative and comprises 24 voting members representing major film industry associations and government agencies.

The 81st Academy Award nominations are announced on January 22, 2009.