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COMPETITON FILMS CONTROL AND IRINA PALM TO OPEN 9TH CINEMANILA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL


Competition Films Control and Irina Palm to Open the 9th Cinemanila International Film Festival

Anton Corbijn’s Control and Sam Gabarsky’s Irina Palm will officially open the 9th Cinemanila International Film Festival (CIFF). Control, screened at the Cannes Film Festival, covers the life and death of Ian Curtis, lead singer of the legendary post-punk rock band, Joy Division. Irina Palm stars Marianne Faithful as Maggie, who resorts to charmingly unusual means to pay for her seriously ill grandson’s medication. The film was showcased in this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.

Both of these films are part of the 9th CIFF’s International Competition, which also includes 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu); Ezra (Newton Aduaka); The Edge of Heaven (Fatih Akin); Foster Child (Brillante Mendoza); Love and Honor (Yoji Yamada); Namesake by Mira Nair; Ou-vas Tu, Moshe (Hassan Benjelloun); Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronaud); Poet of the Wastes (Mohammad Ahmadi); Postmodern Life of My Aunt (Ann Hui); Sankara (Prasama Jayakody); and Shotgun Stories (Jeff Nichols).

The ASEAN Competition includes the titles Balikbayan Box (Mes de Guzman, Philippines); Love Conquers All (Tan Chui Mui, Malaysia); Love For Share (Nia Di Nata, Indonesia); Mukhsin (Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysia); Pao’s Story (Quang Hai Ngo); Ploy (Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thailand); Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand); Things We Do When We Fall In Love (James Lee, Malaysia); Three Days to Forever (Riri Riza, Indonesia); The Unseeable (Wisit Sasanatieng, Thailand); and Village People Radio Show (Amir Muhammad, Malaysia).









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