Movie

12 Years a Slave

Monday, April 28, 8:00 PM - 10:15 PM (sold out)
Tuesday, April 29, 8:00 PM - 10:15 PM (sold out)
Wednesday, April 30, 8:00 PM - 10:15 PM (sold out)
Filmhuis De Zwarte Doos

“12 Years a Slave” isn’t the first movie about slavery in the United States — but it may be the one that finally makes it impossible for American cinema to continue to sell the ugly lies it’s been hawking for more than a century. Written by John Ridley and directed by Steve McQueen, it tells the true story of Solomon Northup, an African-American freeman who, in 1841, was snatched off the streets of Washington, and sold. It’s at once a familiar, utterly strange and deeply American story in which the period trappings long beloved by Hollywood — the paternalistic gentry with their pretty plantations, their genteel manners and all the fiddle-dee-dee rest — are the backdrop for an outrage (NYtimes)