U2 documentary to open Toronto Film Festival
Davis Guggenheim's 'From the Sky Down', a film chronicling the story of the rock band U2 will open the Toronto Film Festival in September .
The film was made by An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim and marks the first time in its 36-year history that the Toronto festival has opened with a documentary.
"This powerful marriage of music and film honors U2's talent, dedication and music," said festival co-director Cameron Bailey. "Guggenheim's extraordinary access really speaks to the continued importance of the documentary form."
Guggenheim says, "U2 has defied the gravitational pull towards destruction, this band has endured and thrived," and his film "asks the question why."
A rockumentary about grunge band Pearl Jam screening at the festival will also have its world premiere at the 10-day festival. Pearl Jam Twenty was made by Almost Famous director Cameron Crowe.
Films featuring Clooney, Pitt, Susan Sarandon, Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley will be screened, along with new works by directors Luc Besson, Lasse Hallstrom, Francis Ford Coppola and Michael Winterbottom.
Melancholia by Danish director Lars von Trier, who was expelled from the Cannes Film Festival in May for joking about Hitler, will have its North American premiere at the festival.
Launched in 1976, TIFF now ranks with festivals such as Cannes and Sundance, and serves as a launching point for international films seeking North American distribution. It also has a strong record of unearthing films that go on to success at the Academy Awards.
The festival has also commissioned a short film to honor the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York.
Last year's top prize at Toronto went to the The King's Speech, went on to win four Oscars including best picture.