12 Years a Slave

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United Kingdom | 2013 | 133 minutes | Steve McQueen

November 8 - December 12, 2013

Ends Thursday December 12! Nominated for seven Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Male Lead (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Male (Michael Fassbender), and Best Supporting Female (Lupita Nyong'o).

Director Steve McQueen (Shame) returns with the most widely acclaimed film of the year, a profoundly important portrait of a dark chapter in American history based on Solomon Northup's vivid 1853 memoir. Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), is a free black man from upstate New York with a loving wife and family, who is kidnapped while visiting Washington D.C. and sold into brutal servitude in the deep South. For the next twelve years he faces a life of oppression as he is passed from owner to owner, the most sadistic being drunken madman Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender). For Solomon, mere survival is not enough–his goal is to live–but as time passes he struggles to retain his dignity. Then, in the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, a chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.

"What we have here is a blistering, brilliant, straight-up classic." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"Easily the greatest feature film ever made about American slavery." - David Denby, New Yorker

"Once in a great while there's a film that feels almost instantly, in the room, like it's going to endure, and change plenty of things along the way. And 12 Years offers that feeling." - Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times

"Certain to transcend the movie realm and become a new reference point in contemporary culture-a defining vision of what slavery looked like, and felt like, in the U.S. before the Civil War." - Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

  • Director: Steve McQueen
  • Principal Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Garret Dillahunt, Scoot McNairy
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 133 minutes
  • Website: Official Website
  • Awards: Winner: People's Choice Award, Toronto International Film Festival
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures