Magazine article Screen International

Hamptons Sloan Prize for Imitation Game

Magazine article Screen International

Hamptons Sloan Prize for Imitation Game

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Morten Tyldum's The Imitation Game will be honoured for its "sensitive and moving portrait" of the mathematician Alan Turing as portrayed on screen by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Turing led the British team that cracked the Nazi's Enigma Code. His work led to eventual victory in WWII and by some estimates shortened the war by two years. The Imitation Game will screen on October 11 in the festival's Spotlight strand.

"We are delighted to join our wonderful partners at HIFF for our fifteenth year together to award the 2014 Sloan Feature Film Prize to Morten Tyldum's moving film about the pioneering - and persecuted - Alan Turing, The Imitation Game," said Doron Weber, vp of programmes at the Alfred P Sloan Foundation.

"Turing was a brilliant mathematician and logician who made seminal contributions to computer science and artificial intelligence and whose remarkable skills as a cryptanalyst helped win World War II, yet he was also a victim of discrimination who died tragically. …

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