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'12 Years A Slave': A turning point for US cinema?

The Oscar-nominated director of "12 Years a Slave" Steve McQueen says he doesn’t understand why Solomon Northup’s tale had never been told before. Now the world is getting to know it via his critically-lauded film. On this all-movie edition of Encore!, France 24’s film critic Lisa Nesselson and Catherine Nicholson discuss why the film is being seen as a turning point for American cinema's depiction of slavery – and whether comparisons to Quentin Tarantino’s "Django Unchained" are really fair.

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Also on the show: Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki signs off his career with "The Wind Rises". We’re asking whether the plot - involving the inventor of a warplane that in real life proved deadly during World War Two - is really as controversial as some reviewers think. 

Here in France, we bring you news of the "Lumières” awards, which were handed out this week. We’re also asking just why James B. Harris’s “Some Call It Loving”, a 1973 film that replays “Sleeping Beauty” for the modern day, is getting a re-release in French cinemas.

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