Francine 2012

Written and Directed by Brian M. Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky
Starring: Melissa Leo
Distributed by Factory 25

Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, BAMcinemaFest

2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards Nominee
Academy Award winner Melissa Leo gives a fierce and restrained performance as Francine, a woman struggling to find her place in a downtrodden lakeside town after leaving behind a life in prison. Taking a series of jobs working with animals, Francine turns away others and instead seeks intimacy in the most unlikely of places. Gritty, elliptical, and voyeuristic, FRANCINE is a portrait of a near-silent misfit and her fragile first steps in an unfamiliar world.