"The Imitation Game" Honored with Truly Moving Picture Award by Heartland Film

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The Weinstein Company release starring Benedict Cumberbatch honored by Indianapolis-based nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film

"The Imitation Game" has been honored with the Truly Moving Picture Award by Heartland Film.

“Part thriller, part tragedy, ‘The Imitation Game’ is a stirring biopic anchored by an exceptionally strong performance by Benedict Cumberbatch,” says Tim Irwin, Heartland Film’s artistic director.

Major motion picture release “The Imitation Game” (The Weinstein Company) has been recognized with the Truly Moving Picture Award by nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film. Select theatrically-released titles—entertaining films that do much more than just entertain—are honored with the designation throughout the year. Submissions are received directly from studios and producers for consideration.

“Part thriller, part tragedy, ‘The Imitation Game’ is a stirring biopic anchored by an exceptionally strong performance by Benedict Cumberbatch,” says Tim Irwin, Heartland Film’s artistic director. "Centered on the achievements and struggles of Alan Turing, the film shines a light on just how far our society has come in the areas of human rights and technology.”

During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict 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 WWII 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 thousands of lives. Directed by Morten Tyldum with a screenplay by Graham Moore, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Fifth Estate”, “Star Trek Into Darkness”, and TV’s “Sherlock”), Keira Knightley (BAFTA nominee for “Atonement”, Oscar® nominee for “Pride and Prejudice”), Matthew Goode (“Stoker”, “A Single Man”), Rory Kinnear (“Skyfall”), Allen Leech (“In Fear”, TV’s “Downton Abbey”), Matthew Beard (“An Education”), Charles Dance (“Gosford Park”, TV’s “Game of Thrones”) and Mark Strong (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”).

See Truly Moving Picture Award winner “The Imitation Game” in theaters everywhere November 28, 2014.

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About Heartland Film, Inc.
Heartland Film is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1991 with the mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Heartland Film is a curator and supporter of purposeful filmmaking, honoring a wide variety of cinema and awarding storytellers from all over the world. The films Heartland Film selects and exhibits – whether they inspire and uplift, educate and inform, or have the ability to shift audiences’ perspectives on the world – all have one thing in common: they are entertaining films that do more than just entertain. Every October, the Heartland Film Festival gives its moviegoers access to more than 100 visiting independent filmmakers from all over the world, right in the heart of the Midwest. Heartland Film Festival showcases more than 130 entertaining movies that do much more than just entertain over 10 days of red carpet premieres and events, parties and hundreds of film screenings across Indianapolis. The Heartland Film Festival has earned the special designation of being a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® within the Short Films category. Each year, the Heartland Film Festival awards more than $115,000 in cash prizes and presents its Festival Awards to top-judged submissions. Heartland Film has awarded more than $2.6 million to support indie filmmakers over the last 23 years. Beyond the Heartland Film Festival, Heartland Film honors theatrically-released films that align with its mission via the Truly Moving Picture Award, inspires the next generation of filmmakers via the Heartland Film Institute, and exhibits films across Indiana all year long via the Heartland Film Roadshow. To learn more, visit heartlandfilm.org.

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