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Natar Ungalaaq, Necessities of Life

Seville Pictures

Benoît Pilon's film, Ce qu'il faut pour vivre (The Necessities of Life) about an Inuit hunter’s struggle in a Quebec sanatorium in the 1950s leads the 2009 Genie Awards with eight nominations. The film is also up for an Academy Award next Sunday in the Foreign Language Film category.

Tout est Parfait (Everything is Fine) a film about a teen who survives a suicide pact amongst four friends scores seven nominations. It is followed closely by Paul Gross’ war epic Passchendaele with six nods. Gross also earns a nomination for Best Actor.

Fugitive Pieces, Amal and Maman est chez le coiffeur (Mommy is at the Hairdresser's) also received six nominations this year.

The Genie Awards celebrate the best in Canadian film. This year the awards show will take place Saturday, April 4th at the Canada Aviation Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, broadcasted by Global TV.

See the complete list of nominations.