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Exclusive: New Photos Of Steve McQueen's Harrowing '12 Years A Slave' Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor & Michael Fassbender

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2013 1:40 PM
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12 Years A Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor
There are few films knocking viewers down as hard and as harrowingly this fall as Steve McQueen's "12 Years A Slave." The British filmmaker returns with his third feature following "Hunger" and "Shame," and this time brings his unique filmmaking skills to one of the toughest chapters of American history. A true story, and told in a manner that is bracing about the brutality of the era, few movies coming before the end of 2013 will move you quite like this.

TIFF 2013: Our 5 Favorite Films Of The Festival, Plus Our Complete Coverage

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 16, 2013 4:17 PM
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TIFF 2013 Wrap-Up
Though coming hot on the heels of Telluride and overlapping this year with Venice, the Toronto International Film Festival is anything but a third string pony. In fact it's probably the largest, glitziest and most glamorous of the fall festival season players and no-one doubts that Toronto knows how to roll out the red carpet as well as any of them. But outside the stars, closed off streets and screaming fans, the programmers also make festivities a cinephile’s dream year after year. 2013 was no different.

Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Wins Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 15, 2013 1:58 PM
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While not always an accurate prediction of future awards season success (2011 winner "Where Do We Go Now?" basically was never heard from again), the Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award has more often than not been early augur of a film's potential. Previous winners including "Silver Linings Playbook," "The King's Speech" and "Slumdog Millionaire" point toward a specific kind of crowdpleaser that tends to gain traction among audiences, though tougher films like "Precious" have also won the hearts of the TIFF moviegoing public that vote on the winner. But certainly, we weren't expecting this.

Oscars: What Films Are Looking Good Coming Out Of Venice, Telluride & TIFF?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2013 4:36 PM
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With Venice and Telluride in the rear-view mirror, and TIFF starting to wind down (we've still coverage to come, but very few films remain that haven't been screened to press), it feels like the perfect time to kick off, for real, our annual awards coverage. There's a part of you that groans, and that's fair enough -- it does feel like only yesterday that we were talking "Argo" vs. "Life of Pi" and so on, but even with five months to go until the ceremony itself, over half of the film that'll be in play have been unveiled. And you can bet your bottom dollar that Oscar campaigns have been underway for weeks, if not months.

Interview: Steve McQueen Talks '12 Years A Slave,' 'Django Unchained', Pitt & Fassbender & More

  • By Kristin McCracken
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  • September 11, 2013 2:37 PM
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Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
With “Hunger,”his feature debut in 2008, Turner Prize-winning artist-turned-director Steve McQueen made a bold statement right out of the gate: he was a filmmaker to watch. Three years later, “Shame” solidified his reputation as an audacious director with an unflinching eye. And now, with “12 Years a Slave,” which screened this week at the Toronto International Film Festival after premiering at Telluride, McQueen has made what is destined to become the definitive film about slavery in the American South (you can read our review of the film here).

It's Like You're There! Watch TIFF Press Conferences For 'Gravity,' '12 Years A Slave,' 'Prisoners,' 'Labor Day' And More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 9, 2013 12:32 PM
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Press Conference TIFF 2013
If you are stuck having to watch all the Toronto International Film Festival action from the sidelines, fret not—another aspect of the festival will now come straight to your computer screen. The overlong, occasionally awkward press conferences that accompany each of the big films at TIFF have been uploaded to YouTube, so you can squirm in your seat while pretending to not play Candy Crush like the rest of the journalists in the room. This is literally hours of material, from big marquee titles like "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave," "Prisoners," "Labor Day," "Enough Said" and more. It's like you're there! Only not.

Our 16 Most Anticipated Films Of The Fall

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 5, 2013 12:47 PM
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2013 Fall Film Preview, Her, American Hustle, Counselor
With this week feeling, release-wise, a little like the industry at large is taking a deep breath while effecting the gear change from Summer tentpole scheduling to awards season programming, it’s a good moment to pause and take a look at the goodies to come in the waning months of 2013. It’s a pretty stellar lineup, as films we've seen throughout the festival year start to make their way into awards-friendly end-of-year slots, vying with films we haven't yet seen but have been patiently, and in some cases pantingly, looking forward to for months now. In fact the lineup is so stellar that for the purposes of whittling down a manageable list of the films we're most anticipating, we made the decision to exclude anything that features in our Most Anticipated Toronto Internatioal Film Festival list just to narrow the field a little.

Watch: 5-Minute Featurette With New Footage For Telluride Surprise & TIFF Anticipated '12 Years A Slave'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2013 4:40 PM
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12 Years A Slave Trailer
As Steve McQueen has displayed across three movies, he's not shy of hard-hitting subject matter. The titular hunger strike of "Hunger" put him on the map, with his followup, the sex-addition drama "Shame" further solidifying the filmmaker's knack for tackling deep drama with an unerring eye for visuals and deep understanding of character. And while his forthcoming "12 Years A Slave" might be his most "mainstream" picture yet, that's a pretty relative term. By all accounts brutal, harrowing and unforgiving, it's another tough work from McQueen but also a picture that's on the top of the Oscar charts.

Telluride Review: Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender & More

  • By Chris Willman
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  • August 31, 2013 10:55 AM
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12 Years A Slave
Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” instantly establishes itself as the most unflinching of all slave dramas, which is to say, there is plenty of flinching, not to mention cowering and recoiling and passing out, thanks to beatings and whippings that arrive at roughly 10-to-15-minute intervals throughout a 133-minute running time. “Amistad,” meet the Marquis de Sade, in the form of slavemaster Michael Fassbender, who puts his victims through more tortures than Mel Gibson ever could have imagined for Jesus.

'12 Years A Slave' Adds New York To Fall Festival Run

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2013 12:12 PM
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12 Years A Slave
We hope Steve McQueen packed some extra socks and underwear. Hitting Telluride this weekend to present "12 Years A Slave" (where it's pretty much guaranteed to sneak preview, apparently today) and then heading to TIFF next week to unspool the movie on Canadian soil, the director will then head to New York City for the New York Film Festival.

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