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12 Years a Slave likely to open in UAE theatres in January

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This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Chiwetel Ejiofor, center, in a scene from 12 Years A Slave. (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Jaap Buitendijk)
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This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Chiwetel Ejiofor, center, in a scene from 12 Years A Slave. (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Jaap Buitendijk)

Although you never can tell with movie releases in the UAE, there is a press screening for the much-loved and nominated film 12 Years A Slave in Dubai next week - and that bodes very well for an early to mid-January release in cinemas.

The film already screened locally to select crowds earlier this month, during the 10th Dubai International Film Festival. (And what a festival it was, offering Slave and American Hustle, two of the most-loved films of the year.)

Meanwhile, Associated Press reports that the Italian distributor for the film has apologised for promotional posters that were slammed as racist for featuring minor players Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender and not Chiwetel Ejiofor, the film's star.

The new posters feature only Ejiofor, who has been nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of a freed black man who is abducted and sold into slavery.