Magazine article Screen International

Imitation Game to Open London

Magazine article Screen International

Imitation Game to Open London

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley codebreaking drama to get European premiere.

The 58th BFI London Festival is to open on October 8 with the European premiere of Second World War codebreaking drama The Imitation Game.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly star in the dramatic portrayal of the life and work of Alan Turing, the pioneer of modern-day computing credited with cracking Germany's Enigma code.

Knightley plays Turing's close friend and fellow codebreaker Joan Clarke. Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard co-star.

Cumberbatch, Knightley and director Morten Tyldum are expected to attend the premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square, with simultaneous screenings due to take place at cinemas across the UK.

Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival director, said: "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. …

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