Already said to be one of the best films of the year (if not the best), McQueen's film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor ("Children of Men") as a free man in pre-Civil War America who is abducted and sold into slavery. "12 Years a Slave," which was our top film at the Toronto Film Festival last month, also stars Michael Fassbender, Sarah Paulson ("American Horror Story"), Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, and more.
Most of the cast showed up to pose on the red carpet at the NYFF along with a few special guests, including Madonna -- who was seemingly more attached to her cell phone than enthralled by the movie -- and TV personality J. Alexander. Check out the premiere photos below. "12 Years a Slave" opens on October 18.