TORONTO (NEWS1130) – The red carpets are ready, and the stars are coming to town.
The Toronto International Film Festival opened Thursday night with a gala presentation of “From the Sky Down,” a documentary about rock band U2.
Bono and The Edge were on-hand for, what is expected to be, the biggest opening gala in TIFF’s 36-year history.
The film festival’s co-director Cameron Bailey says one of the big music films to see this year is the U2 documentary.
“Davis Guggenheim, one of the best documentary filmmakers in the world, spent some time with U2. They were looking back 20 years ago, where they were reinventing themselves, they were struggling to do it, so this movie is about the behind the scenes of how that all happened,” Bailey said.
Guggenheim and his wife, actress Elizabeth Shue, also walked the red carpet.
More than 500 of fans waited behind barricades outside Roy Thomson Hall to catch a glimpse of the Irish rockers.
When Bono and The Edge arrived, they exited their SUV’s and walked right over to the line of screaming fans and began signing autographs, posing for pictures and shaking outstretched hands.
The U2 documentary is not the only music themed film to play at TIFF this year.
There’s also a concert film about Canadian musician Neil Young, called, “Neil Young Life.”
“He’s worked with Jonathan Demme on a number of films, and in this one, he’s got a concert Neil Young did in Massey Hall in Toronto. You also get a sense beyond the concert of what Neil Young the man is like,” Bailey said.
The 10-day film event will also be a who’s who of the the A-list from George Clooney and Brad Pitt, to Keira Knightley and Geoffrey Rush.