In one way, “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson
and the Band” is an odd choice to serve as the opening-night film at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. At a festival chock full of major awards contenders with big movie stars, it’s a documentary about a musician whose music is mostly heard on the occasional oldies station or Americana Spotify
channel, by a director, Daniel Roher
, with only one previous feature on his resume.
But “Once Were Brothers” sports Ron Howard
, Brian Grazer
and Martin Scorsese
among its executive producers – and more than that, Robbie Robertson is a local hero of sorts, born and bred in Toronto before he headed to the U.S. to become an unlikely rock star.
has always had a tricky time with its opening films, most of which go on to achieve no particular success. Over the last 10 years, the slot has gone