Tiff 2019 to Open With Premiere of Music Doc ‘Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band’

This year’s Toronto International Film Festival will open a Canadian-made documentary.

Daniel Roher’s inside look at the history of The Band, “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band,” will be the first documentary of its kind to open the lauded festival.

The film will open the festival with a gala presentation on Thursday, September 5, at Roy Thomson Hal​l.Despite not boasting the kind of starry on-screen talent that typically opens the festival, the documentary still comes from a slew of Hollywood heavy-hitters, including executive producers Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Martin Scorsese, who previously directed the beloved Band concert doc “The Last Waltz” in 1978.The film was inspired by Robertson’s 2016 memoir, “Testimony,” and it “tells the moving story of Robertson’s personal journey as he overcame adversity and found camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become his brothers in music, and who together

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