NYC welcomes The Queen
The acclaimed film about Queen Elizabeth’s reaction to the death of Princess Diana has already won best screenplay and best actress at the Venice film festival.
Talking at a press conference, director Stephen Frears said that he made a conscious effort to take the portrayal of the monarchy seriously.
"They are laughed at nonstop and they are, in many respects, quite ridiculous," he told reporters. "The extraordinary thing about this film is it takes them seriously."
Star Helen Mirren, who gives a heart wrenching performance as Elizabeth, told a news conference that she worked hard to make sure she had the right attitude, Reuters reports.
"Playing the role made me think about the value of having a figurehead in that way and how that figurehead should behave," she said.
"As an actor you inevitably fall in love with your character, no matter who it is, even if it's Macbeth. You find reasons to love them, the way we all find reasons to love ourselves."
The Queen is one of many international films screening at the Manhattan based festival. Films from as far as Turkey, South Korea and India will be showcased.
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