British director Steve McQueen has finally done what no other director has been able to do: deliver a death blow to Hollywood’s moonlight and magnolia myths about the South.
In “12 Years a Slave,” the plantation homes are rough-hewn, the grounds are overgrown, the masters and mistresses are venal, and the ugly brutality of slavery takes center stage.
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“12 Years a Slave” screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Galaxy Highland as part of the Austin Film Festival. It opens in theaters Friday.