Sunday, May 27, 2007
Best European Film Award at Cannes
A low-budget British film about the late JOY DIVISION frontman IAN CURTIS (photo, l.) has won the Best European Film award at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The film, entitled Control, was directed by famed Dutch still and music video photographer Anton Corbijn and stars former warehouse worker Sam Riley (photo, r.) as troubled Curtis in the years leading up to his suicide in 1980.On granting the award the Cannes jury said, "This is a very impressive and assured debut from a renowned photographer, but he never allows the look of the film, beautiful though it is, to detract from the powerful story and character development."The performances are all excellent, not just the leading characters. We feel that this is a film that will strike a real chord with audiences around Europe, and not just with music lovers."