Twelve Years a Slave to open New Orleans Film Festival

12 years a slave,chiwetel ejiofor,michael reports that Twelve Years a Slave will be the opening film at this year’s New Orleans Film Festival, which runs from October 10 to 17.

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The 2013 New Orleans Film Festival will boast a decidedly local feel when it kicks off its 24th edition on Oct. 10. Director Steve McQueen’s locally shot adaptation of “12 Years a Slave” — starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt — was named the festival’s opening-night selection in an announcement this afternoon (Aug. 12).

McQueen’s film, which will be screening more than a week before its limited theatrical release, will be the centerpiece of a red-carpet, opening-night event to be held at the newly renovated Civic Theater on O’Keefe Avenue. McQueen is expected to be among those in attendance.