Toronto Film Festival honors Queen Elizabeth II – The Hollywood Reporter
The Toronto Film Festival stopped to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II just as the celebration of its 47th edition returning in person, complete with red carpets and Hollywood celebrities, was due to begin on Thursday evening.
“We send our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her passing,” TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey said in a statement posted on the festival’s Twitter account earlier in the day. the day.
Festival organizers were caught off guard by the sudden passing of the British monarch, who is also Canada’s longest-serving head of state, as the country and its citizens are still part of the Commonwealth. “As we prepare to welcome Canadian and international guests to the festival, we know that many will be deeply affected by his passing. We keep his legacy in our memory,” added Bailey.
Paul Bronfman, president of Pinewood Toronto Studios, said The Hollywood Reporter about hosting a July 2010 luncheon for Queen Elizabeth and her late husband, Prince Philip, as they visited her Toronto film studio to raise awareness with Hollywood producers.
Bronfman, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, recalled not being able to respectfully endure the singing of “God Save the Queen.” “As the Queen sat down I said, Your Majesty, my apologies for not being up as I have MS. She just looked at me and, without batting an eyelid, said, “That must be a little awkward,” he recalled before they had an hour-long conversation over lunch.
The royal tour included Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh wearing chunky glasses for a live 3D shoot using stereoscopic cameras, followed by a 3D view of the scene.
As Britain prepares to bury Queen Elizabeth just as TIFF begins, there was echo of the Canadian festival set to change pace on September 6, 1997 when Britain held a funeral for Princess Diana after his death on August 31 of the same year.
The Princess of Wales Theater – scene of two TIFF night premieres during the festival this year – became an impromptu shrine in 1997 for Torontonians to sign condolence books in the theater lobby, which were then sent to the family royal in the UK.
A representative from Mirvish Productions, which also operates another key TIFF venue, the Royal Alex Theatre, said THR it will dim the marquee lights at both festival venues at 8 p.m. Thursday evening to honor Queen Elizabeth II and mark her passing.
The death of the British monarch also became a topic of conversation among Americans and other international attendees as they gathered in Toronto for the film festival on Thursday.
“I will be in a Commonwealth country, Canada, if Queen Elizabeth passes in the next 3 days. It will be surreal. Canada loves the Queen and this could put a damper on the TIFF festivities as the flags will be at half mast,” Los Angeles-based film critic Simone Cromer shared with Film Independent and other posts on her Twitter account.
And in Los Angeles, the Canadian consulate postponed its Emmy party scheduled for Thursday night, which was to include a host of Canadian nominees, as the country entered a period of mourning for the British monarch.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute to the death of Queen Elizabeth II and announced that the country would hold a national day of mourning with a memorial service for the British sovereign. “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I express our sincere condolences to the members of the Royal Family at this most difficult time,” Trudeau said in a statement.