* AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

12 YEARS A SLAVE
Opening December 25

Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard and Paul Giamatti

2013 AFI Award
People's Choice Award, 2013 Toronto Film Festival
Best Director, 2013 NY Film Critics Circle Award
2013 National Board of Review Award
Best Film, 2013 Gotham Awards
7 Independent Spirit Award nominations
4 SAG Award Nominations
7 Golden Globe Award nominations

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.

DIR/PROD Steve McQueen; SCR John Ridley, from the book by Solomon Northrup; PROD Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad. US/UK, 2013, color, 134 min, DCP. RATED R

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