The Imitation Game To Open The London Film Festival

And celebrates its Cumber-coup with a new trailer

The Imitation Game To Open The London Film Festival

by Phil de Semlyen |
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The 58th BFI London Film Festival will open to the sound of Enigma variations with The Imitation Game selected to kick off the 11-day-long jamboree on October 8. The Alan Turing biopic, which has Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, also has a teaser trailer to show its wares. Click below to watch it in full.

brightcove.createExperiences();Telling the story of one of Britain’s unsung heroes, The Imitation Game will question how and why the man who contributed so greatly to his country’s war effort could end up vilified and hounded by its government. As the maths genius-turned-codebreaker, Cumberbatch will find solace and companionship in Keira Knightley’s fellow decrypter Joan Clarke and rub up against a coterie of apparatchiks and powerbrokers, including Charles Dance’s Commander Denniston and Mark Strong's legendary MI6/SIS head Stewart Menzies.

“I am thrilled to be returning to London to share The Imitation Game,” says director Morten 'Headhunters' Tyldum of securing the LFF's opening night berth. “The experience of directing this film has been so tremendously rewarding, and I am humbled to share Alan’s Turing’s incredible story."

With Knightley and Tyldum also in attendance, Cumberbatch and cummerbund will be reunited for a red carpet at the Odeon Leicester Square. The LFF is again taking advantage of simultaneous broadcasting to share the event with cinemagoers around the country. Keep an eye on the official website for more details and a full announcement of the line-up on September 3. The London Film Festival runs from October 8-19.

The Imitation Game, meanwhile, gets released nationally on November 14.

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