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Toronto, July 18 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made by Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente, Toronto-TIFF Co-Heads, today that 44th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) would open on Thursday, September 5 with World Premiere of Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band at at Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, TIFF reports said.
Joana Vicente & Cameron Bailey. Credit: TIFF
The premiere marks the first time a Canadian-made documentary opens the Toronto International Film Festival.
Directed by Daniel Roher (Ghosts of Our Forest), inspired by Robertson’s 2016 memoir, Testimony, this documentary film, tells the moving story of Robertson’s personal journey as he overcame adversity and found the four other men who would become his brothers in music and made their mark on music history.
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band blends rare archival footage, photography, iconic songs, and interviews with many of Robertson’s friends and collaborators, including Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Taj Mahal, Dominique Robertson, and Ronnie Hawkins.
“This is one of Toronto’s great stories of a hometown hero," said Bailey, Artistic Director & Co-Head of TIFF.
“This stirring documentary takes audiences on a musical journey and shows us just what it takes to build one of the most significant groups in rock history,” said Vicente, Executive Director & Co-Head of TIFF.
“I’m so tremendously honoured that the premiere of Once Were Brothers, inspired by my memoir Testimony, will be the opening movie at TIFF this year, in my hometown of Toronto, Ontario, Canada,” said Robertson.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)