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Italy's 12 Years a Slave posters criticised for focus on white stars

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Italian cinema posters for 12 Years a Slave have received criticism after they appeared to focus on the movie's white stars.

Some of the theatre advertising for the Steve McQueen-directed film predominantly features supporting actors Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender, with only a small section dedicated to the drama's lead star Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Italy's 12 Years a Slave posters criticised for focus on white stars

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Italy's 12 Years a Slave poster


One blogger posted a picture of the poster on her Tumblr page and commented: "I've been following the press for months and I can't wait to watch it but REALLY?

"I don't remember Brad Pitt being the protagonist of the film or having such a pivotal role in the story to stay in the middle of the poster …"

The critically-aclaimed movie, which tells the story of a free man who was illegally sold into slavery in the 19th century, has received several nominations in the upcoming awards season.

Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and the cruel planter Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) in '12 Years A Slave'

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave


Members of the picture's cast have been nominated in four categories in the movie field of the Screen Actors Guild Awards, while the film has been shortlisted for seven accolades at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards.

12 Years a Slave has also been nominated for Best Motion Picture (Drama) at the 2014 Golden Globes.

12 Years a Slave debuts in UK theatres on January 24, 2014. Watch a clip below:

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