Director Steve McQueen has proven to be quite capable of making deeply affecting, emotional dramas. In 2008 he made his debut with Hunger, the gripping story of a hunger strike in a Northern Ireland prison; in 2011 he shocked audiences with a tale of hardcore sex addiction in Shame; and this year, as you can see previewed in the latest clip above, he's tackling what may be his darkest subject yet, slavery in America, in 12 Years a Slave.

Based on a true story and adapted into a screenplay written by John Ridley (Red Tails), the film follows a man named Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) as he goes from being a free man living in upstate New York with his family to being kidnapped and brought to the south where he is sold into slavery. To get a good sense of just how much Northup's life changes during the course of the film, watch this other recently released clip, which arrived online late last month:

Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity has been hogging all of the headlines recently due to the fact that it just arrived in theaters this past weekend, but the reaction to 12 Years A Slave at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was perhaps just as strong as the one for Cuaron's space odyssey (and it actually won the event's Audience Award). At the time of the festival our own Katey Rich got to see the movie and was blown away by it, writing in her review that McQueen, "has made a stunning historical epic about a familiar, shameful subject and makes it new by making it personal."

Michael Fassbender, who starred in McQueen's last two films, is part of the film's stellar supporting cast, which also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti, Taran Killam, Garret Dillahunt, Quvenzhane Wallis, Scoot McNairy, and Michael K. Williams. The newest clip, which came to us via Apple, does a good job of showing Northup's passion to escape bondage and get back to his family, but you can get a better sense of the full plot of the movie by watching the trailer below:

12 Years A Slave will be released by Fox Searchlight in theaters on October 18th.

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