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, Solomonâs chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.
In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.
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Newcomer Quvenzhan Wallis delivers an Oscar-worthy performance (Philadelphia Daily News) as Hushpuppy, the tenacious six-year-old force of nature in an isolated bayou community.
From director Steve McQueen and based on Solomon Northup’s astonishing true story comes this powerful winner of three 2013 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o). In 1841, Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free citizen, is kidnapped, stripped of his identity and sold into slavery. Now, he must find the strength to survive in this unflinching story of hope.
Ends 11/30/14. Winner of the Oscar(R) for 2013 Best Picture, this fact-based drama provides an unflinching depiction of American slavery like no other film before. Based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, the film details the story of the free black man from the North who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841, spending 12 years suffering at the hands of cruel Southern plantation owners.
Director Steve McQueen's powerful film based on the true story of a man kidnapped and sold into slavery features an all-star cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender.
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