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Rock Doc Opens Toronto Film Festival

Written by: FFT Webmaster | September 9th, 2011

Music was in the air and on the red carpet last evening as the 36th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) kicked off in high style with FROM THE SKY DOWN, a music documentary about the legendary Irish rock band U2. Directed by Davis Guggenheim, an Oscar winner for the education expose WAITING FOR SUPERMAN and the Oscar nominated AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, the film is the first documentary ever to open this Festival. In the film, the members of the rock band return to the Berlin studios when they recorded their landmark album Achtung Baby twenty years ago. The film also provides a telling retrospective on the origins of the group and their influence in both the musical and political spheres. The film indicates a strong presence of documentaries in the Festival’s overall programming (a story on the docs here will be presented on Monday as the Lead Story).

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