James Franco’s latest extracurricular filmmaking project will world bow at the Rotterdam Film Festival, which opens on Jan. 25.
“Francophrenia,” also known as “Don’t Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is,” is described as a humorous psycho-thriller made up of old footage shot by Franco during the making of TV series “General Hospital.” Material has been reshaped with a new script by Franco and co-director Ian Olds.
Best known as an actor, Franco has produced a steady stream of experimental films in recent years, reworking footage of thesp River Phoenix in “My Own Private River” and probing the life of thesp Sal Mineo in “Sal.”
The film appears in Rotterdam’s Spectrum section, which includes 72 features and documentaries by established filmmakers, including 16 world premieres.
Also preeming in the section is “A Shape of Error” by U.S. experimental filmmaker Abigail Child. Pic explores 19th century romanticism through imaginary home movies supposedly filmed in Rome by poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife, author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
Rotterdam will also see the world bows of Miike Takashi’s “Ace Attorney,” a film adaptation of Nintendo’s eponymous courtroom vid game, and “When the Lights Went Out” by Brit helmer Pat Holden (“Awaydays”). Pic concerns a Yorkshire family tormented by an evil spirit during the power blackouts of the 1970s.
They are joined by Davide Manuli’s “The Legend of Kaspar Hauser,” a post-modern Western from Italy, starring Vincent Gallo, and “Le reste du monde” by Gallic helmer Damien Odoul, starring Marie-Eve Nadeau, Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Beart.