Canada has chosen Benoît Pilon's Ce qu'il faut pour vivre (The Necessities of Life) as its submission for a foreign-language film Oscar.
Telefilm announced the official choice, made by a cross-Canada committee, on Tuesday.
Set in the 1950s, the French-language film follows Tivii, an Inuit hunter who is suffering from tuberculosis in a Quebec sanatorium.
He appears to be giving up on life until a nurse arranges for young Inuit named Kaki to move to the sanatorium. Tivii begins teaching the boy traditional ways and regains his will to live.