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12 Years a Slave

Director: Steve McQueen Run Time: 144 min. Format: DCP Rating: R Release Year: 2013

Starring: Alfre Woodard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender, Michael K. Williams, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti

FINAL WEEKS: playing at Nitehawk until March 27! Director Steve McQueen conveys the extraordinary true story of Solomon Northup.

TWELVE 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.