Francophrenia (or: Don’t Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is)
70 minutes | USA | Canadian Premiere | Rating: PG
A baby’s been stolen and Franco, the homicidal performance artist, is the prime suspect. Actor James Franco’s behind-the-scenes take on his guest stint on daytime soap opera General Hospital starts out as an observational document of the production—rehearsal, take, break, repeat—but quickly evolves into a wild stream-of-consciousness whodunit. Franco the actor and Franco the character bleed into one another until there is no discernable difference. Will the real Franco please stand up? What you see is definitely not what you get in this film that could be either documentary or fiction—or both. A collaborative experiment by directors Franco and Ian Olds, this weird and wonderful psychological thriller riffs on spectacle, suspicion and the interpretation of image. Behold, the actor as madman caught in the throes of a mind-bending Method meltdown. Angie Driscoll
Screening with Family Nightmare.