In this Best Picture winner, Paul Giamatti plays a slave trader who aides in the entrapment of Solomon Northup, a free black man who spent 12 years in bondage.
Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, 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. — Fox Searchlight