What could be more exciting than the 36th annual Toronto Film Festival than the iconic U2 Irish frontman Bono and guitarist The Edge launching it? Roaring fans scoped out the red carpet last night in the capital city of Ontario for the gala opening night featuring From the Sky Down, a documentary based on U2’s 1991 album, Achtung Baby. Considering the largest city in Canada encompasses dozens of ethnic neighborhoods with over 9,000 restaurants, perhaps it could be considered a melting pot for the film festival, too!
Before the premiere, Bono gave props to our neighbors to the north. He told CTV, “For whatever reason, in this country music plays an almost sacramental role,.” He added, “People here care about music. People are very thoughtful about music and giving new bands a break.” And when he was asked if he’ll party it up after the premiere, he responded, “We’re going to burn your town to the ground!”
As for the documentary itself, Bono mentioned on stage (via the Los Angeles Times), “We are very protective of our privacy and particularly the creative process, not just because we’re precious, which we are, but just because it’s not that pretty.” Then he quipped, “[It’s] that old adage that if you knew what went into the sausage you wouldn’t eat it. You got some sausages and mash coming up, ladies and gentlemen.”
The documentary dives into how the band traveled to Berlin post-Communist era to work on the 1991 album. As members argued how to experiment with new musical styles, the inclination won out and spawned hits like “One” and “Mysterious Ways.”