Join us at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, at the Nichols Library at for a free screening of 12 Years A Slave, winner of the 2014 Academy Award® for Best Picture. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o (Best Supporting Actress), the film by acclaimed director Steve McQueen was adapted from the autobiography of Solomon Northrup.
The harrowing account of a black man, born free in New York State, who was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in 1841. Having no way to contact his family, and fearing for his life if he told the truth, Solomon Northup was sold from plantation to plantation in Louisiana, toiling under cruel masters for twelve years before meeting Samuel Bass, a Canadian who finally put him in touch with his family, and helped start the process to regain his freedom.*
This film is rated R for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality. No one under the age of 18 will be admitted to R-rated films without a parent or guardian.
To find out more about the story of Solomon Northrup and the filming of the movie, check out the official site from Fox Searchlight Pictures.
"An uncompromising look at slavery in the Antebellum South. Anchored by career-defining performances by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o, director Steve McQueen brings his assured directorial mind to a harrowing, but necessary picture."
"12 Years a Slave is a movie about a life that gets taken away, and that's why it lets us touch what life is."
"You won't be able to tuck this powder keg in the corner of your mind and forget it. What we have here is a blistering, brilliant, straight-up classic."
"The genius of 12 Years a Slave is its insistence on banal evil, and on terror, that seeped into souls, bound bodies and reaped an enduring, terrible price."
The New York Times
This screening is part of the Naperville Public Library's Free Movie @ The Library program, which shows the hottest DVD releases. Free refreshments are provided. Check our website for our next film selections and upcoming showtimes and locations.
(*Film summary provided by the NPL catalog.)