It has been announced that The Imitation Game will have its European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on 8 October 2014 where it will be the opening night film. The Imitation Game tells the story of Alan Turing the cryptographer who helped to break the German Enigma code during World War II. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing. The film also stars Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Charles Dance and is directed by Morten Tyldum.
Clare Stewart the director of the BFI London Film Festival 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.
Benedict Cumberbatch stated that it was “a lovely birthday present. “It’s such an important story and I’m just over the moon to have it up-front and centre in such a wonderful festival in my home town.”
Benedict hopes that the film will bring Alan Turing’s feats to a wider audience.
“I hope this will do a great service to his legacy. He was a compassionate, caring individual and I hope the film shows him in 3D. He was brave and humorous — and a really beautiful writer of the most amazing poetry.”
In a first for the film festival the opening night film (and red carpet) will also be simultaneously screened in cinemas throughout the UK. The list of cinemas screening The Imitation Game has yet to be announced.
The full line up for the 58th BFI London Film Festival goes live on 3 September 2014.
A UK and US trailer for The Imitation Game were released today and you can watch them both on our videos page.
The Imitation Game is due to be released in the UK on 14 November 2014.