12 years a slave: starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender
Synopsis : From acclaimed director Steve McQueen comes the incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. It is 1841 and Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of all dignity, Northup is purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) and must find the strength within to survive. In his twelfth year in captivity, a chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.
Filled with powerful performances by an outstanding cast, 12 Years A Slave is both an unflinching account of slavery and a celebration of the power of hope. (Synopsis taken from DVD back cover information).
This film contains strong violence, injury detail, sex, nudity and racist terms.
Oscar Winner - best picture, supporting actress and adapted screenplay.
Bafta Winner - best film and leading actor.