A former Montrealer now living in Toronto, Francine’s work as a director is inspired by her profound connection to French Canada. She graduated from film at McGill University; studied directing at Columbia University, NYC and writing at Script Factory, London. She has won numerous awards and been recognized at film festivals around the world. Her strong cinematic vision and her love for working with actors is evident in her films, THE ATWOOD STORIES; PUNCH ME IN THE STOMACH; PASSENGERS and MR. BERNSTEIN, and her documentaries HALF THE KINGDOM; EXPOSURE; WE ARE HERE and AFTER MUNICH have taken her to New Zealand, England, Sweden, Poland, Germany and Israel.
ANNA (feature) The story is set in 1990 Poland, not long after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Anna Edelstein, who lives in Canada, learns from her dying mother, a Holocaust survivor, that she had an older sister, who went missing during WWII in Poland. She sets out to find her with surprising consequences.