Cleveland International Film Festival } March 30 – April 10, 2022


Year: 2017
Country: IRELAND
Run Time: 93 minutes


In September 1983, 38 IRA members escaped from the most secure prison in Europe, the HM Prison Maze. The “Great Escape,” as it came to be known to Irish Republicans, was the biggest European prison break since World War II. And it was a huge morale booster for the IRA, which had recently suffered a great loss. Inspired by these infamous events, MAZE blends historical accuracy with a compelling and suspenseful plot. The film’s central relationship is between Larry Marley, an IRA prisoner who conceives the plan, and Gordon Close, a prison guard who is tricked into trusting Marley, as the steps for the prison break are put into place right under his nose. Though Marley originally earns Close’s confidence strategically, a genuine mutual bond of respect is created between the two men. Complex and powerful, MAZE is both a crime thriller and an intimate story of a profoundly painful period in the history of Northern Ireland. —G.S.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, April 09, 2018 at 5:35 PM -
Monday, April 09, 2018 at 7:08 PM

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 3:25 PM -
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 4:58 PM

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 8:45 PM -
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 10:18 PM

World Tour

International Narrative Competition


Stephen Burke

Writer and director Stephen Burke was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. He studied film at the Dublin Institute of Technology and began his career creating multi-award-winning shorts about the conflict in Northern Ireland. In addition to filmmaking, Burke writes literature. His first novel, The Good Italian, was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award as well as the Historical Writers Association Debut Fiction Award.

Happy Ever Afters (2009), MAZE (2017)

Jane Doolan, Brendan Byrne

Stephen Burke

David Grennan

John O'Connor

Principal Cast
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward, Martin McCann

Film Contact

Media Partner

Ohio Irish American News

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