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Control

(2007)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality.

R In Theaters 10/10/2007 , 122min.
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Plot & Details

Prolific music-video helmer and award-winning photographer Anton Corbijn makes his feature directorial debut with this biographical drama concerning the late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. Based on the book Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis & Joy Division by the enigmatic singer's wife Deborah Curtis, Control documents the life of a legend who changed the face of modern music but never lived to witness the remarkable impact of his life's work. The time was the late 1970s, and the post-punk explosion was just gaining momentum in England. At the forefront of this movement was a band named Joy Division. Formed in 1976 and first calling themselves Warsaw, Joy Division favored mood and expression over the aggressive stance that had come to define punk rock. The band was championed by Factory Records founder Tony Wilson, and collaborated with producer Martin Hannett on the album that would become their undisputed masterpiece -- 1979's Unknown Pleasures. But despite the band's rising popularity, lead singer Curtis was not in good mental or physical health due a debilitating battle with epilepsy and an extramarital affair, and hanged himself in his Macclesfield home on the eve of the band's first U.S. tour. Newcomer Sam Riley stars opposite Samantha Morton in the film that sets out to tell the definitive story of a true rock & roll legend.

Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Matt Greenhalgh Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Samantha Morton Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Orian Williams Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Anton Corbijn Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Carl Foreman Award Matt Greenhalgh Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Todd Eckert Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Matt Greenhalgh Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Samantha Morton Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Orian Williams Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Anton Corbijn Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Carl Foreman Award Matt Greenhalgh Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Todd Eckert Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Cannes Film Festival Prix Regards Jeunes / Young Eyes Prize Won
2007 Cannes Film Festival Label Europa Cinéma Prize - Best European Film Won
2007 Cannes Film Festival Label Europa Cin?ma Prize - Best European Film Won
2007 Cannes Film Festival Camera d'Or - Honorable Mention Won
2007 Cannes Film Festival Directors' Fortnight - Honorable Mention Won

Chicago International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Chicago International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

San Sebastián International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 San Sebastián International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated
2007 San Sebastián International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Vancouver International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Vancouver International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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