Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave is to receive its US premiere at the 51st New York Film Festival (NYFF) on Oct 8.

The film gets its official world premiere at the Toronto Internatioanl Film Festival although it screened on Friday [Aug 30] at Telluride.

Director Steve McQueen will attend with cast members Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Paul Dano and Alfre Woodard.

“I am honoured that 12 Years a Slave will be presented at the New York Film Festival in association with Film Comment” said McQueen. 

“For me, this feels like a true homecoming for Solomon [Northup, author and lead character in the true-life story] as he was from New York and I’m delighted that his story can be celebrated here.”

Set during the pre-Civil War United States, the film follows Solomon Northup, a black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery.