Brad Pitt & Michael Fassbender: '12 Years a Slave' at Telluride!
Brad Pitt answers an audience member’s question at a Q&A for his film12 Years A Slave during the 2013 Telluride Film Festival on Friday (August 30) in Telluride, Colo.
The 49-year-old actor was joined at the question and answer session by his co-stars Michael Fassbender andChiwetel Ejiofor.
Here’s a synopsis of the film: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
The film is set to hit theaters nationwide on October 10 – be sure to check it out!
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. This revolving door of graphically rendered brutalities might feel like its own punishment if not for an array of astonishing performances that’s practically a one-stop Oscar-nomination shopping spree. At the film’s world premiere in Telluride Friday night, it quickly became apparent that leading man Chiwetel Ejiofor had moved to the head of the line of best actor candidates, with Fassbender and newcomer Lupita Nyong'o sure to contend in the supporting categories. »
- Chris Willman