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Steve McQueen, 2013
The most deserving Best Picture Oscar winner in recent memory is a triumph on every level: the emotionally haunting story of Solomon Northrup’s sale into slavery; the vivid evocation of the trade’s brutal machinery; exemplary acting across the board led by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
With Hunger and Shame, Steve McQueen established himself as one of the UK’s finest directors; here he graduates to film-making on a grand scale yet still captures the intensity and claustrophobia of his earliest video art and finds time for moments of rare cinematic beauty.
Potent, important and unforgettable.
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