The Imitation Game to open 58th BFI London Film Festival
Story by Jack Foley
AWARDS tipped historical drama The Imitation Game is to open the 58th BFI London Film Festival.
The film, which chronicles the life and work of Alan Turing, one of Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, and one of the world’s greatest innovators, will receive its European premiere on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at the Odeon Leicester Square.
There will also be a live cinecast from the red carpet and simultaneous screenings taking place at cinemas across the UK. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, along with director Morten Tyldum, are expected to attend the London event.
The pioneer of modern-day computing, Turing is credited with cracking the German Enigma code and the film is a nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.
But Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British establishment over his homosexuality, but his work and legacy live on.
Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director, commented: “We are thrilled to announce one of the most anticipated films of the year – The Imitation Game – as this year’s BFI London Film Festival Opening Night gala.
“Featuring extraordinary performances from the British talent in front of the camera and vividly directed by Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game does cinematic justice to Alan Turing’s vision, determination and personal story as well as his enduring impact on British history and contemporary life.”
Director Morten Tyldum added: “I am thrilled to be returning to London to share The Imitation Game with the audience of the BFI London Film Festival. The experience of directing this film has been so tremendously rewarding, and I am humbled to share Alan’s Turing’s incredible story on Opening Night.”
The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley as close friend and fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke, alongside a top notch cast including Matthew Goode (A Single Man, Stoker), Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Charles Dance (Gosford Park, TV’s Game of Thrones), Allen Leech (In Fear, TV’s Downton Abbey) and Matthew Beard (An Education).
Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum, a 2012 BAFTA nominee for Headhunters, directs from a screenplay by Graham Moore, based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges.
The Imitation Game is released in UK cinemas on November 14, 2014.
The 58th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express runs from Wednesday, October 8 to Sunday, October 19, 2014. The full programme for the Festival will be announced on Wednesday, September 3.