The Toronto Film Festival paused to mark the passage of Queen Elizabeth II in the same way the celebration of its 47th edition returning personally, filled with red carpets and Hollywood celebrities, was set to obtain underway on Thursday night.
We extend our sincerest condolences to the household and family members of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on your day of her passing, TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey said in a statement on the festivals Twitter account early in the day.
Fest organizers were caught off guard by the sudden passage of the British monarch, who’s also Canadas longest-serving head of state because the country and its own citizens remains part of the Commonwealth. Once we prepare to welcome Canadians and international guests to the festival, we realize that many will undoubtedly be deeply suffering from her death. We keep her legacy inside our memory, Bailey added.
Paul Bronfman, chairman of Pinewood Toronto Studios, told The Hollywood Reporter about hosting a July 2010 lunch for Queen Elizabeth and her late husband, Prince Philip, because they toured his Toronto film studio to improve its profile among Hollywood tentpole producers.
Bronfman, who has multiple sclerosis, recalled not having the ability to stand respectfully for the singing of God Save the Queen. Because the Queen sat down, I said, Your Majesty, my apologies for not standing when i have MS. She just viewed me and, without batting an eyelid, said That must definitely be slightly inconvenient,’ he recalled before they held one hour long conversation over lunch.
The Royal tour included Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh donning bulky glasses for a live action 3D shoot using stereoscopic camera rigs, accompanied by a viewing of the scene in 3D.
As Britain gets set to bury Queen Elizabeth in the same way TIFF gets underway, there is an echo of the Canadian festival needing to change pace on Sept. 6, 1997 when Britain held a funeral for Princess Diana after her death on Aug. 31 that year.
The Princess of Wales Theater the scene of twice nightly TIFF premieres through the festival this season became an impromptu shrine in 1997 to permit Torontonians to sign books of condolences in the theater lobby, that have been then delivered to the Royal Family in the united kingdom.
A representative for Mirvish Productions, which also operates another key TIFF venue, the Royal Alex Theatre, told THR it’ll dim the marquee lights on both festival venues at 8 p.m. on Thursday night to honor Queen Elizabeth II and mark her passing.
The death of the British monarch also became a subject of conversation among Americans along with other international attendees because they gathered in Toronto for the film festival on Thursday.
Ill maintain a Commonwealth country, Canada, if Queen Elizabeth passes next 3 days. Itll be surreal. Canada loves the Queen also it could put a damper on TIFF festivities as flags will undoubtedly be at half-mast, Los Angeles-based film reviewer Simone Cromer with Film Independent along with other publications said on her behalf Twitter account.
And in LA, the Canadian Consulate postponed its Emmy party planned for Thursday night, that was to include a bunch of Canadian nominees, because the country entered an interval of mourning for the British monarch.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute on the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and signalled the united states would hold a national day of mourning with commemorative service for the British Sovereign. With respect to the federal government of Canada, I express our heartfelt condolences to members of the Royal Family in this most challenging time, Trudeau said in a statement.