Winner of 3 Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Lupita Nyong'o) and Best Adapted Screenplay!
Winner! Best Motion Picture, Drama, 2014 Golden Globe Awards!
“Unflinchingly directed by Steve McQueen, led by Ejiofor’s magnificent work, 12 Years a Slave is what we talk about when we talk about greatness in film.” – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
“Movie audiences have never been presented with anything quite like the intertwined beauty and savagery of 12 Years a Slave.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
“12 Years a Slave is easily the greatest feature film ever made about American slavery.” – David Denby, New Yorker
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 (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. Also starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano and Paul Giamatti, 12 Years a Slave is directed by Steve McQueen (Shame). (Dir. by Steve McQueen, 2013, USA, 134 mins., Rated R, Fox Searchlight) Digital