Period Quebec drama tops Canada film nominations

Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:21pm EST
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By Etan Vlessing

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Montreal director Benoit Pilon's "Ce qu'il faut pour vivre" (The Necessities of Life) topped the nominations Tuesday for the Genies, Canada's film awards.

Nominated for eight awards, including best film, the French- and Inuit-language drama about a tubercular Inuit hunter in 1950s Quebec also was Canada's pick for the Academy Awards' foreign-language competition. (It did not make the final cut.)

Fellow Quebec director Yves-Christian Fournier received seven Genie nominations for "Tout est parfait" (Everything Is Fine), while there were six each for Paul Gross' "Passchendale," Richie Mehta's "Amal," Jeremy Podeswa's "Fugitive Pieces" and Lea Pool's French-language entry, "Mama est chez le coiffeur" (Mommy is at the Hairdressers).

The Genies will be handed out April 4, with the ceremony airing on Global Television.

(Editing by Dean Goodman at Reuters)