Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years a Slave’ may surprise some viewers

November 29th, 2013 | by Daniel Simon | Comments
This image released by Fox Searchlight shows director Steve McQueen, left, and actor Chiwetel Ejiofor during the filming of "12 Years A Slave." (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Jaap Buitendijk)

This image released by Fox Searchlight shows director Steve McQueen, left, and actor Chiwetel Ejiofor during the filming of “12 Years A Slave.” (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Jaap Buitendijk)

The box office hit 12 Years a Slave may have some potential viewers reluctant  about viewing a film that contains graphic violence, highly impassioned scenes and examines a dark portion of America’s past.

But in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, The Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Director of the Year awardee Steve McQueen explains why the movie may leave potential moviegoers with an unexpected feeling of “connectedness.”

Steven McQueen told Entertainment Weekly,

“The way people have responded to the work, it’s about their own stories and how people are essentially a family — people are connected. That has been very inspirational for me.”

McQueen also tells of two poignant stories at the Toronto Film Festival that left him with a feeling astonishment. In one instance a producer, a white man, was sitting next to a black woman and just before the movie concluded, he felt her hand slide over the top of his. After the movie, the two were tearful and comforted each other instead of the usual chatter and bickering that occurs after many movies that are emotionally thought-provoking.

Another anecdote Steve McQueen remembered was Academy Award-nominated actor Brad Pitt leaving the movie at the festival saying, “I think we all need a walk around the park.”

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