This one is an interesting choice. For the first time in 36 years, the Toronto International Film Festival is opening with a documentary. It’s quite the kick-ass doc, so the choice is not out of whack. In fact, it’s quite inspiring and really the subject matter makes it a definite must watch.
Check out the press release below for the full details:
Toronto – The Toronto International Film Festival® opens September 8 with the world premiere Gala Presentation of From the Sky Down – Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim’s documentary about Irish band U2.
“Davis Guggenheim’s fascinating account of this world-renowned band is the perfect film to kick off our 11-day celebration of artists, stories and voices from around the world,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO, TIFF.
“For the first time in 36 years the Toronto International Film Festival will open with a documentary,” said Cameron Bailey, Co-Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “Davis Guggenheim returns to the Festival with his powerful marriage of music and film that honours U2’s talent, dedication and music. We look forward to sharing this film with audiences on Opening Night.”
Twenty years after the release of U2’s Achtung Baby (1991), Davis Guggenheim (Waiting for Superman, An Inconvenient Truth, It Might Get Loud) charts this groundbreaking album with new interviews, stories and unseen footage from Berlin and Dublin. Now a key chapter in their career, Achtung Baby was in Bono’s words “the sound of four men chopping down The Joshua Tree.”
“In the terrain of rock bands – implosion or explosion is seemingly inevitable. U2 has defied the gravitational pull towards destruction,
this band has endured and thrived. The movie From The Sky Down asks the question why,” said Davis Guggenheim.