‘Birdman,’ ‘Imitation Game’ to Launch Camerimage

LONDON — Camerimage Film Festival, which is dedicated to the art of cinematography, is to open with Gala Screenings of “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” and “The Imitation Game” on Nov. 15.

The director of photography on “Birdman,” which is directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, is Emmanuel Lubezki, who won an Oscar with “Gravity,” and was Oscar nommed for five other films, most recently for “The Tree of Life.”

The cinematographer on “The Imitation Game,” which is helmed by Morten Tyldum, is Oscar Faura, whose credits include “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible.”

“Birdman” is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) famous for portraying an iconic superhero as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to save his family, his career, and himself.

Other crew include costume designer Albert Wolsky (“All That Jazz,” “Bugsy”), production designer Kevin Thompson (“Michael Clayton,” “The Bourne Legacy”) and editors Douglas Crise (“Babel”) and Stephen Mirrione (“Traffic”).

“The Imitation Game” is based on the real life story of cryptanalyst Alan Turing. It portrays the race against time by Turing and his team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park during World War II. The films stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.

As well as Faura, the creative team includes William Goldenberg (“Argo,” “Zero Dark Thirty”), composer Alexandre Desplat (“The Queen,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox”) and production designer Maria Djurkovic (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Hours”).

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