12 Years a Slave

Opens Friday, October 25
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2hr 13mins // directed by:Steve McQueen // featuring:Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch

Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom.

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel 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 Michael 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 (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.

The New York Times

An argument about American slavery that, in image after image, both reveals it as a system (signified in one scene by t