The sixth edition of Canadian Front, MoMA's annual showcase of new Canadian cinema, kicks off March 18 with the New York premiere of Benoit Pilon’s Ce qu'il faut pour vivre (The Necessities of Life), one of five Québécois films featured and Canada's official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at this year's Academy Awards.
A poignant melodrama about displacement, The Necessities of Life stars Natar Ungalaaq who plays a man wrenched from his family and community when he is diagnosed with tuberculosis in the mid 1950s. The former hunter must convalesce in a strange land where seasons are as foreign to him as the French spoken in the sanatorium.
The eight films in 2009’s Canadian Front offer fresh, robust interpretations of familiar movie themes from unexpected love, Pilon's The Necessities of Life; shopping, Hélène Klodawsky's Malls R Us ; parental abandonment, Philippe Falardeau's C'est pas moi, je le jure! (It's Not Me, I Swear!) and Léa Pool's Maman est chez le coiffeur (Mommy's at the Hairdresser); and the joy of feeding friends and strangers, Guillaume Sylvestre's Durs à cuire (Well Done).
In addition there will be a week-long run of C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005), Jean-Marc Vallée's rousing coming-of-age tale and one of the most applauded films ever featured in MoMA's Canadian Front series.
Canadian Front 2009 is presented with the support of Telefilm Canada,the Canadian Consulate General in New York and the Québec Government Office in New York.
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Canadian Front 2009