Directed by Anton Corbijn July 30 at 8pm

2007 – United Kingdom - 122’ – VO Anglais | In English
With Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Alexandra Maria Lara, Craig Parkinson

adapted by Matt Greenhalgh from Deborah Curtis's novel "Touching from a Distance"
Martin Ruhe
New Order
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Control is the biography of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, taking his story from schoolboy days of 1973 to his suicide on the eve of the band’s first American tour in 1980.

In this time we see Curtis grow from David Bowie-infatuated teen to Sex Pistols-inspired punk, and eventually to rising new wave star.

The movie explores the pressures he felt, from his epilepsy, a failing marriage, his new lover, and a band that relied on him – all in an attempt to explain his decision to hang himself at the age of 23.

The movie is based on Deborah Curtis’s biography “Touching from a Distance” .

Director biography


Anton Corbijn is an accomplished and very popular still photographer. He has photographed bands such as U2, R.E.M. and filmed videos for bands like Nirvana (“Heart Shaped Box”), Metallica (“Hero of the Day”) and Depeche Mode (with whom he collaborates since 1986)

Impressed by Joy Division’s music, he moved to England to work as a regular photographer for the New Musical Express (1979).

As he admired Joy Division’s music and collaborated with them, his first feature film Control (2007) focused on the life of their late singer Ian Curtis.

Good friends with Herbert Grönemeyer.

According to Samantha Morton, Corbijn mortgaged his house to raise finance for the film Control.