Feature Film in competition
Grand Jury Prize - Feature Film
Festival de Cannes - 2020
While young and in her prime, Nadia decides to retire from pro swimming after the Olympic Games to escape a rigid life of sacrifice. After her very last race, Nadia drifts into nights of excess punctuated by episodes of self-doubt. But even this transitional numbness cannot conceal her true inner quest: defining her identity outside the world of elite sports.
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Direction & Screenplay
Pascal Plante is a Montreal-based filmmaker whose first narrative feature, a punk romance entitled Fake Tattoos, competed at the Berlinale, in Generation 14plus, in 2018. After his graduation from Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Pascal co-founded the production company Nemesis Films, with which he directed numerous short films including Blast Beat (Slamdance 2019), Blue-Eyed Blonde (Best Canadian Short Film VIFF 2015), and Nonna (Slamdance 2017). He is also a podcaster for Point de vues, a podcast entirely dedicated to cinema. Pascal considers himself like a cinephile that became a narrative filmmaker with documentarian tendencies. Nadia, Butterfly is his second narrative feature, part of the Official Selection of the 73th edition of Cannes Film Festival in 2020.
Stéphanie Weber Biron
Ariane Mainville, Hilary Caldwell, Cailin McMurray, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Katerine Savard