Benedict Cumerbatch opens BFI London Film Festival

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Acclaimed actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley arrived at the Odeon Leicester Square yesterday for the opening of this year’s BFI London Film Festival.

The two actors stopped on the red carpet at the very wet gala opening on Wednesday night, to sign autographs to hundreds of fans who were waiting for the stars to attend the big event.

British actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘The Imitation Game’. (photo: kinnabaris)

Cumerbatch and Knightley’s ‘The Imitation Game’ opened the 58th BFI London Film Festival, which received its European premiere yesterday evening in London.

Director Morten Tyldum’s film took the People’s Choice Award, last month, at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival 2014, consolidating its position in the Oscar race.

‘The Imitation Game’ features the dramatic portrayal of the ingenious British code-breaker and computer-science pioneer, Alan Turing (Benedict Cumerbatch).

The British mathematician, who broke the Enigma code during World War II, was asked to lead a team of mathematicians tasked with decoding the cryptographic system of the Nazis’ military messages.

‘The Imitation Game’ (photo: fanpop)

Turing’s contribution saved thousands of lives, but he became the victim of the British establishment as he killed himself two years after being prosecuted for his homosexuality.

Alongside Cumberbatch and Knightley, fellow code-breaker Joan Clarke, the cast include Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech and Matthew Beard.

Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Timothy Spall, Andrea Riseborough, Sophie Okonedo, Noomi Rapace, Viggo Mortensen, Steve Carell, Sienna Miller, Reese Witherspoon, Dominic West and Emily Watson are among the stars expected on the red carpet for this year’s 12-day film festival.

248 films will be presented with screenings, which will take place at cinemas across the UK until 19 October, when Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ is expected to be premiered on the final day of the event.