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12 YEARS A SLAVE

by Steve McQueen

synopsis

In Saratoga Springs, New York, 1841, Solomon Northup is a free man making his living as a musician. After accepting a job offer from two men to play for a circus, he soon finds himself kidnapped, transported to the South and sold into slavery. Forced to take a new name, he is thrown together with other enslaved African Americans, each suffering the horrors of gruelling labour, daily humiliations, and families torn apart. But for Northup, there is the added nightmare of remembering the freedom and identity he so recently enjoyed.

international title: 12 Years a Slave
original title: 12 Years a Slave
country: United States, United Kingdom
sales agent: Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Steve McQueen
film run: 133'
release date: DE 31/10/2013, GR 12/12/2013, ES 13/12/2013, SE 20/12/2013, FR 22/01/2014, FI 24/01/2014, UK 24/01/2014, NO 31/01/2014, NL 20/02/2014, DK 27/02/2014
screenplay: John Ridley
cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Lupita Nyong'o
cinematography by: Sean Bobbitt
film editing: Joe Walker
art director: Adam Stockhausen
costumes designer: Patricia Norris
music: Hans Zimmer
producer: Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad
production: Film4, Plan B Entertainment, New Regency Pictures, River Road Entertainment
distributor: Mars Films Distribution, Independent Films, Tobis Film, DeAPlaneta, eOne Films
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