Canada’s Katerine Savard approached her first acting performance with an intensity normally reserved for a big swim meet.
It paid off in her debut appearance in “Nadia, Butterfly,” a film that was named an official Cannes 2020 selection this week.
“I think I (found) success in my swimming life just because I was kind of hard with myself,” Savard said. “I was training hard, I was pushing myself and everything. So I guess I’m like that with all (things) in my life.”
Savard, who won Olympic relay bronze at the 2016 Rio Games, played the title role of “Nadia” in the film. Directed by Pascal Plante, it was billed as the only Canadian entry to make the 56-film cut for Cannes out of 2,067 overall submissions.
The prestigious international festival was set for May but had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cannes won’t have a 2020 edition at all but revealed the lineup anyway, giving the selected films a badge of honour.
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