28 May 2007
In Control 
In addition to winning the Europa Cinemas Label prize for best European film, Control also won a further two awards at the 60th Cannes Film Festival:

- CICAE Art & Essai prize for best film
- Regards Jeunes Prize for best first or second feature film

Apart from impressing the judges and juries, another important aspect of Cannes is for filmmakers to secure distribution for their wares. According to HollywoodReporter.com, Harvey Weinstein has picked up Control for North American distribution. A French release date proper of 26 September 2007 has already been announced but as yet no date is set for the UK.

In the meantime you can view the trailer on YouTube.


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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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