12 Years a Slave

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Film runs Tue, Oct 8 through Sun, Oct 13.

12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen 2013
USA | 133 minutes

Director Steve McQueen and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Adepero Oduye, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, Alfre Woodard and Paul Dano in person!

Steve McQueen’s courageous new film takes an unflinching close-up look at a subject that has rarely if ever been confronted with such unvarnished directness in American cinema. The film is based on the memoir of freeman Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who was abducted in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and delivered to slave trader James Burch (Paul Giamatti), bought by gentleman farmer William Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch) and later sold to cruel and mentally unbalanced cotton grower Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), a figure of both horror and pathos who comes to embody the true savagery—and insanity—of slavery. Screenwriter John Ridley, McQueen’s regular cameraman Sean Bobbitt and producer Brad Pitt (who plays Canadian carpenter Samuel Bass in the film’s final section) each make vital contributions to this difficult and troubling film, sure to reignite a dialogue on the most painful chapter in America’s still young life as a nation.

Series: NYFF51: Film Comment Magazine Presents

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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