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12 Years a Slave

Friday, May 9, 2014  >  7 p.m.

Saturday, May 10, 2014  >  2 p.m. + 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 11, 2014  >  2 p.m.

Woodland Theater of Davies Center

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man living in upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses, he struggles not just to stay alive but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his odyssey, his chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) alters his life forever. A true story adapted from Northup's 1853 memoir, the film co-stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Michael K. Williams and Alfre Woodard. 

Winner of the Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture (Drama), the film received Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and Best Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley).

Sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or an International Film Society membership. Community members may buy an individual IFS membership for $4; a family membership costs $10. The annual memberships are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center’s east lobby.


United States + United Kingdom 2013
134 minutes
Rated R for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality
Directed by Steve McQueen


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