The Imitation Game to open BFI London Film Festival

The much-anticipated biopic of Alan Turing, The Imitation Game, will open the 58th BFI London Film Festival on 8 October.

Filmed partly on location at Bletchley Park, the movie, a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of Alan Turing, will be simulcast at the Odeon Leicester Square and in cinemas across the UK. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, and 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 Two. Turing, whose contributions and genius helped shorten the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British establishment, but his work and legacy live on.

Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director, says “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 adds "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."

Studiocanal release the film in UK cinemas on 14 November 2014.  THE IMITATION GAME: The Exhibition will open to visitors of Bletchley Park on Monday 10 November.

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 Benedict Cumberbatch, Turing, TIG, The Imitation Game