'Necessities of Life' lands 8 Genie noms

'Everything Is Fine,' 'Passchendale' follow

TORONTO -- Montreal director Benoit Pilon's "Ce qui'il faut pour vivre" (The Necessities of Life) topped the nominations Tuesday as contenders for the Genies, Canada's film awards, were announced.

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.

Fellow Quebec director Yves-Christian Fournier received seven Genie noms for "Tous 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.