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30 days to watch
5,190 Ratings


Directed by Steve McQueen
United Kingdom, Ireland, 2008
  • English
  • English


The story of Bobby Sands, the IRA member who led the 1981 hunger strike in which Republican prisoners tried to win political status. It details events in the Maze prison in the six weeks prior to Sands’ death. An exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit.

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With Steve McQueen’s latest exploration of systemic evils opening in U.S. cinemas today (Widows), we take a leap back to the prodigious director’s intense debut: a shattering tale of political defiance fueled by a breakout performance from Michael Fassbender. Winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes.

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Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2008 | 2 wins including: FIPRESCI Prize (Un Certain Regard)

Venice Film Festival

2008 | Winner: Gucci Prize

Independent Spirit Awards

2009 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

Toronto International Film Festival

2008 | Winner: Discovery Award

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