Chiwetel Ejiofor brought his much buzzed about film 12 Years a Slave to the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
The films, which is already generating a ton of Oscar buzz, tells the true story of Solomon Northup, a married and educated black man, born free and living in New York who was kidnapped in Washington DC after two men approached him with a job offer.
Northup was drugged and sold him into slavery and after 12 long years of being enslaved by different owners he was finally able to get word to his family and his wife Ann enlisted friends who helped secure his freedom.
The movie 12 Years a Slave is based on Northup’s 1853 biography Twelve Years a Slave.
Ejiofor was joined by director Steve McQueen and the film’s co-stars Alfre Woodard, Sarah Paulson, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o.
During the viewing some audience members couldn’t take the brutality being shown and walked out during the film while others who stayed wept and gave the film a 10-minute standing ovation.
And that wasn’t the only movie of Ejiofor’s that made it to TIFF.
The British-Nigerian actor also stars in Half a Yellow Sun, another film generating a ton of buzz, which co-stars Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, John Boyega, Joseph Mawle and Genevieve Nnaji.
Check out more photos of the actors below.