TORONTO (Reuters) – The Toronto International Film Festival opened on a decidedly Canadian note on Thursday with a documentary about influential rockers The Band kicking off 10 days of movies vying for attention in the upcoming Hollywood awards season.
“Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band” tells the story of the Canadian songwriter and guitarist from his early years backing Ronnie Hawkins with future members of The Band and their mid-1960s stint backing Bob Dylan as the folk legend made his controversial transition to electrified rock.
The film follows The Band from the first songs Robertson wrote for Hawkins at 15, through alcoholism, heroin addiction and conflicts en route to becoming one of the most influential bands in rock music history, and its eventual breakup.
“We were of a generation where music was the voice of that generation,” Robertson told reporters in Toronto on Thursday. “Everybody gathered around that voice. And so you felt a…
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