Canada’s Katerine Savard approached her first acting performance with anÂ intensityÂ normally reserved for a big swim meet.
It paid offÂ in herÂ debut appearance inÂ “Nadia, Butterfly,” a film that was named an official Cannes 2020 selection this week.
“I think I (found)Â success in my swimming life just because I was kind of hard withÂ myself,” Savard said. “I was training hard, I was pushing myself and everything. SoÂ I guess I’m like thatÂ withÂ 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 byÂ Pascal Plante, it was billed as the only Canadian entry to make the 56-film cut for Cannes out ofÂ 2,067 overall submissions.
TheÂ prestigiousÂ international festival was set for MayÂ but had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cannes won’t have aÂ 2020 edition at all but revealed the lineupÂ anyway, giving the selected films a badge of honour.
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