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THE IMITATION GAME LAUDED BY COUNTRY'S TOP NEW COLLEGE SCREENING PROGRAM KICKS OFF FEBRUARY 12TH AT M.I.T.


 

THE IMITATION GAME LAUDED BY COUNTRY’S TOP

COMPUTER SCIENCE UNIVERSITIES

 

NEW COLLEGE SCREENING PROGRAM KICKS OFF

FEBRUARY 12TH AT M.I.T.

 

 

February 9, 2015 (New York, NY) – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that they are kicking off a special college screening program of their eight-time Academy Award nominated hit THE IMITATION GAME on February 12th at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Zeroing in on the life and work of the late Alan Turing, who is widely considered to have been the pioneer of artificial intelligence, the film is receiving an enthusiastic response from the nation’s best computer science programs. With $68M at the U.S. box office, the movie has become the top-grossing indie title of the year and word of mouth is continuing to spread about the importance of Turing’s legacy. Following the initial screening of the film at MIT, TWC will show the film for students at other prestigious academic institutions, including: University of Illinois, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, University of California, Berkeley, Stanford and University of Washington.

 

Commented Ford Professor of Engineering Silvio Micali of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT: “Alan inspired a generation of scientists. It definitely is in the interest of the Institute to screen this film about his life to the next generation of scientists, our students.” Silvio is the recipient of the Turing Award (in computer science), of the Goedel Prize (in theoretical computer science) and the RSA prize (in cryptography). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

 

TWC released THE IMITATION GAME in select theaters on November 28th and nationwide on December 25th. The film, which was produced by Black Bear Pictures and Bristol Automotive, has been nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actress (Keira Knightley), Best Director (Morten Tyldum) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Graham Moore.) It was also nominated for 5 Golden Globe Awards, included in the American Film Institute’s top 11 films of the year and nominated for 3 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Directed by Tyldum, produced by Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman, with a screenplay by Moore, the film stars Cumberbatch, Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance and Mark Strong.

 

During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany's World War II Enigma machine. An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, THE IMITATION GAME follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save millions of lives.