Directors' Fortnight in 'Control'


PARIS -- The Directors' Fortnight is taking "Control." The Anton Corbijn film starring Sam Riley, Samantha Morton and Alexandra Maria Lara will open the Festival de Cannes sidebar on May 17, organizers said Tuesday.

The black-and-white film centers on Ian Curtis, lead singer of '70s band Joy Division, who committed suicide at age 23.

Corbijn, a world-renowned photographer, is best known for directing music videos for such groups as U2, Depeche Mode, New Order, Nirvana, Coldplay and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The movie, produced by Corbijn alongside Tony Wilson, Todd Eckhert and Deborah Curtis and released in France by La Fabrique du Films, hits Gallic theaters Sept. 26. Becker International is handling world sales.

The official selection for the Directors' Fortnight will be revealed at a news conference May 3 in Paris.