Steve McQueen And Brad Pitt’s Twelve Years A Slave Receives Standing Ovation At Toronto Film Festival

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Steve McQueen And Brad Pitt’s Twelve Years A Slave Receives Standing Ovation At Toronto Film Festival

Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years A Slave has become an automatic frontrunner for awards season after the ecstatic response it garnered at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals. The screening for 12 Years was held yesterday for TIFF, and according to reporters, it received an extremely long standing ovation.

Brad Pitt was present as one of the producers, and he spoke about the importance of the film, saying, “Steve was the first to ask the big question: Why aren’t there more films about American slavery? It took a Brit to ask.”

All the reviews bestowed glowing reviews on Ejiofer Chiwetel for his leading performance in the film, with one reviewer stating, “12 Years a Slave – Phenomenal. A profound cinematic achievement on every level. Filmmaking at its finest. Chiwetel for Oscar. It’s his. There are scenes in 12 Years a Slave where just watching the face, the deep emotions and nuances of Chiwetel Ejiofor, will make you tear up.”

Twelve Years A Slave will be released by Fox Searchlight in October, and will probably expand nationwide within the next few months. There’s no doubt that this film will be play well for film audiences, but the question is how wide will the appeal go? Will audiences in the Midwest and smaller towns be comfortable watching a movie this brutal, and with such a bleak tone? We’ll have to wait and find out.

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10 Comments
  1. Ali says

    I’ve got to see this one!

  2. NicolaGossips says

    I’m seeing a screening of it this week at tiff. I can’t wait.

  3. MrsGrapevine says

    I’ve heard nothing but great things, can’t wait to see it.

  4. Ali says

    I’ve got to see this one!

  5. NicolaGossips says

    I’m seeing a screening of it this week at tiff. I can’t wait.

  6. Robyn says

    Looking forward to seeing this movie.

  7. MrsGrapevine says

    I’ve heard nothing but great things, can’t wait to see it.

  8. Robyn says

    Looking forward to seeing this movie.

  9. DivaWhispers says

    I am so ready to see this film

  10. DivaWhispers says

    I am so ready to see this film

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