Director: Pascal Plante
107 minutes
Unclassified 18+

The last lap is the hardest

If there’s one thing Australians know and appreciate it’s competitive swimming. Set at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (okay, so it’s a fantasy), butterfly champion Nadia is facing her final race as a member of the Canadian medley relay team. If you are a professional athlete, your whole life has been coached and focussed on specific goals. Retire, and suddenly the future seems vast and friendless and frighteningly open-ended. Here is a film made by people who are channelling the very personal experiences of their own lives. Director Pascal Plante retired from an Olympic-level swimming career to go to film school, while lead actress Katerine Savard represented Canada at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, where she won bronze. Canada’s sole selection for this year’s virtual Cannes film festival.

Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand Contemporary World Cinema
Premiere Australian
Language French, English
Director Pascal Plante
Producer Dominique Dussault
Screenwriters Pascal Plante
Cinematographer Stéphanie Weber Biron
Editor Amélie Labrèche
Cast Katerine Savard, Ariane Mainville, Hilary Caldwell
Accolades Cannes, 2020
Genre Drama, Sport

Screens with: Glasshouse

Director: Nicholas Muecke
15 minutes
Unclassified 18+

Jack, a fallen country football star, and his little sister Claire are on their way home when a spontaneous detour forces Jack to confront old rivals and responsibilities. Glasshouse explores the burden of our own potential through gripping drama and dexterous film crafting.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Shorts Before Features
Premiere World
Language English
Director Nicholas Muecke
Producer Sarah Wormald
Screenwriters Alexander Lloyd, Nicholas Muecke
Cinematographer Emerson Hoskin
Editor Nicholas Muecke
Music Hamish Keen, Alex Olijnyk
Cast Alexander lloyd, Saige Andrews, Kirill King
Genre Drama