12 Years A Slave, Mandela Film, Yellow Sun Film To Premiere at Toronto Film Fest
July 23, 2013
Early this morning, Toronto International Film Festival director Cameron Bailey stated on Twitter account that Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave will premiering at the festival and shortly afterwards announcements were made that Justin Chadwick’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Biyi Bandele’s Half Of A Yellow Sun will also be there.
Opening on October 18 through Fox Searchlight, McQueen’s film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (as Solomon Northup, the star of the film and whose story it tells), Michael Fassbender, Ruth Negga, Adepero Oduye, Alfre Woodard, Lupita Nyong’o, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Garret Dillahunt, Brad Pitt, Michael K. Williams, Paul Giamatti, and Scoot McNairy.
12 Years A Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon 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.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom stars stars Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Deon Lotz and Terry Pheto.
Opening on November 29, the film is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society.
Bandele’s Half Of A Yellow Sun is a film adaptation of celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s Orange Prize-winning novel, Half Of A Yellow Sun. Bandele’s feature film directorial debut stars Thandie Newton, John Boyega, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle and Genevieve Nnaji.
No distributor has picked up the film as of yet.