29/05/2008 18:04

The Premiere of Joy Division in Cinema City Festival


A month after the premiere in England, a documentary by Grant Gee called Joy Division is going to be shown in Planet Rock Selection in Cinema City Festival, that is to take place from14th to 21st of June in Novi Sad. In this selection that presents music movies, a movie called Control is also going to be shown. The movie is the biography of the band’s singer, Ian Curtis, and is directed by Anton Corbijn.

Movies Joy Division and Control appeared the same year, and they represent a unique and emotional testament about the famous post-punk band called Joy Division. Control follows Ian Curtis’s life, a trouble-making young musician who created a new punk sound and Joy Division that he led from 1977 to 1980. It also represents a painful view at his fragile marriage and love affairs, as well as the development of his illness and epileptic attacks that kept occurring more and more often, and which contributed to his suicide the night before their first America tour.

The documentary represents Curtis with more emotions, through individual interviews with the band members and the people around them, slowly uncovers their incredible sense of regret and guilt in the remembering of Curtis, his hidden cry for help in his songs, and his suicide. The movie is an intimate story about early days of the band, but also a story about their home city.

While the screenplay for Control is based on a book called Touching from a Distance, by Ian’s widow, Deborah Curtis, Gee’s documentary represents the story of Annik Honore, a Belgium journalist because of who Curtis left his wife, and who reveals publicly for the first time the details of their relationship.

Besides the band members, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, and Stephen Morris, Tony Willson, the owner of Factory record, Anton Korbijn, a photographer, and the director of Control also appear in the movie, as well as numerous footages of performances, personal photographs, recordings, and numerous archive audio interviews of the band.

Director Grant Gee is known by his direction of Demon Days Live by Gorillaz (2005) and Meeting People is Easy by Radiohead (1998).

In Cinema City Festival, in Exit Point Selection, the audience is also going to have a chance to see the movies such as Patti Smith: Dream of Life, Lou Reed's Berlin, the concert show by Lou Reed in 2006, directed by Julian Schnabel, Awesome! I fuckin’ shot that, an unusual movie made by the audience on a Beastie Boys concert, as well as a documentary called Happy Child, by Igor Markovic, about the new wave on the music scene of former Yugoslavia of the eighties. The movies are to be shown in the open air cinema in Mileticeva Street.