Director Steve McQueen reunites with Michael Fassbender (Shame, Hunger) for 12 Years a Slave also starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, and Alfre Woodard. The Fox Searchlight film just had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and will play at the Toronto, New York, and New Orleans film festivals before beginning its theatrical run on October 18, 2013.
12 Years a Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Pitt) forever alters his life.
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