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12 years a slave (Steve McQueen)

Steve McQueen

Who could have predicted that this son of West Indian immigrants, born in 1969, would become a major figure in contemporary art and be knighted for services to film? An uncompromising powerhouse, he made his mark at the outset when he was awarded the coveted Turner Prize, the highest award given to a British visual artist, in 1999. He was also a war artist in Iraq, commissioned by the Imperial War Museum, and produced a heart-rending tribute to fallen British soldiers. But it is the series of four feature films shown in our retrospective that has brought him international acclaim.

The result of multi-layered but deeply personal stylistic exploration, none has left the critics indifferent. McQueen is one of the sensations of the decade, and expectations are high for his upcoming projects.

In collaboration with CINEMATEK