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Video Interview: Pascal Plante – Nadia, Butterfly | Cannes 2020 Label

Receiving that phone call that you’ve been accepted into the Cannes Film Festival surely never gets old but what if your film was selected as part of the asterixed ’20 edition? With no Palme d’Or winner, we’ll look back at the edition that could have been as a reminder of just how fragile our world ecosystem is, but we can just imagine the acknowledgement serves as a major confidence booster for any burgeoning filmmaker. Canadian filmmaker Pascal Plante received that call for his sophomore feature film, Nadia, Butterfly and regardless of where this film eventually premieres, it’s that interaction with the first audience that will likely squash the irritation of not being on the Croisette. While still in the midst of a media blitz that included factions of the entertainment and sporting world media outlets, I got the chance to speak with the filmmaker in socially distanced interview (standard picnic table length) and sans having seen the fruit of his labor. We nonetheless got to speak about psychology of the character, the reasons for immersing himself in this world and what it was like to work with Olympic athlete Katerine Savard (she plays the lead), and the likes of Cinematographer Stéphanie Weber-Biron and fellow filmmaker Geneviève Dulude-De Celles.


Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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