Pearl Jam, U2, Madonna Movies Get Toronto Film Fest Premieres
In-depth U2 and Pearl Jam documentaries, and a scripted feature directed by Madonna, will receive their premieres at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival being held Sept. 8-18.
Davis Guggenheim's "From the Sky Down" takes a long look the creation and legacy of U2's 1991 "Achtung Baby." It will open TIFF on Sept. 8. Guggenheim previously worked with U2's The Edge to great effect in the guitar doc "It Might Get Loud," which also featured Jimmy Page and Jack White.
"Pearl Jam Twenty," director/rock historian Cameron Crowe's chronicle of the veteran Seattle rockers' rise and two-decade history will debut at TIFF on September 10, 2011, just a few days after the band's Labor Day weekend festival in Wisconsin celebrating its twentieth anniversary.
The film, which offers choice moments from 1200 hours of archival footage and new interviews, will also have a brief run in 97 theaters across the U.S. and Canada beginning on Sept. 20. The full list of screenings is available at PJ20.com. As previously reported, the doc will have its U.S. television premiere on Oct. 21 at 9pm. ET as part of PBS's "American Masters" series.
In addition to the festival, "Pearl Jam Twenty" is also accompanied by an eponymous official book, published by Simon & Shuster and penned by "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" music booker and former Billboard editor Jonathan Cohen, and a 29-song, 2-CD soundtrack curated by Cameron Crowe. Both are available for pre-order at PearlJam.com. The band, meanwhile is set to tour Canada in September, and Central and South America in November.
Among the scripted films showing at TIFF, the Madonna-directed "W.E." will make its North American premiere as part of the fest's Gala Presentations. "W.E.," written by Madonna with Alex Keshishian, is a tale King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson's 1930s love story and a late-90s woman who is fascinated by it. It stars Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough and James D'Arcy.