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McCartney doc to show at Toronto

Sir Paul McCartney is at the heart of a documentary about September 11 which is showing at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Love We Make is Albert Maysles' chronicle of the former Beatle's preparations for a memorial concert after the September 11 attacks. The film screens at Toronto on Friday, the night before its US TV premiere on Showtime and two days before the 10th anniversary of of the tragedy.

The attacks left stars, filmmakers, studio executives and fans stranded in Toronto 10 years ago. The festival briefly shut down before resuming with a subdued air.

To mark the 10-year anniversary, all festival screenings on September 11 will be preceded by a four-minute film featuring directors and other industry professionals looking back on that day and its aftermath.

Stars such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Glenn Close, Robert De Niro and Viggo Mortensen are on the guest list for the 11-day festival that opens today (September 8) with an unusually heavy emphasis on music and documentaries.

The 36th Toronto festival is putting music on a pedestal with documentaries about Neil Young, Pearl Jam and U2.

The Irish rockers are the subject of the opening-night gala, From The Sky Down.

Director Davis Guggenheim (of the Oscar-winning Al Gore documentary An Inconvenient Truth) traces the genesis of U2's 1991 album Achtung Baby and follows singer Bono and his band mates as they prepare for a live performance of those songs.

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