‘12 Years a Slave’
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Scenes from ’12 Years a Slave’

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery.  (Jaap Buitendijk / Fox Searchlight)
The drama is based on the 1853 autobiography “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup (Jaap Buitendijk / Associated Press)
Old bottles hang in a tree, placed there for spiritual reasons. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Sarah Paulson, left, and Lupita Nyong’o star in the film. (Francois Duhamel / Associated Press)
Sarah Paulson as Mistress Epps and Michael Fassbender as Edwin Epps. (Francois Duhamel / Fox Searchlight)
Steve McQueen (“Shame”) directed the film, some of which was shot at a family plantation near New Orleans. (Francois Duhamel / Associated Press)
Benedict Cumberbatch, left, and Chiwetel Ejiofor in a scene from “12 Years a Slave.” (Jaap Buitendijk / Associated Press)
Michael Fassbender, left, Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor. (Francois Duhamel / Associated Press)
The film premiered at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival. (Jaap Buitendijk / Fox Searchlight)