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Run Time

125 Minutes

Director

Michael Bully Herbig

Starring

Friedrich Mücke, Karoline Schuch, David Kross

Rating

NR

Why We're Watching

After a very successful award-winning festival run, BALLOON opened on February 21st in New York (Quad Cinema) & on March 13th in Los Angeles (Laemmle Theaters) followed by a national roll-out that was cancelled due to the circumstances we all know too much about by now. A thriller-like true story of one of the most spectacular escapes of the 20th Century.?With a theatrical release to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Germany’s reunification, BALLOON is based on the true events of one of the most daring escapes of the Cold War in which two families living in Communist East Germany sailed over the heavily fortified border in a homemade hot-air balloon.

In the summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families—who had been working on their audacious plan for more than two years—try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. In a nerve-wracking race against the clock, the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon as the Stasi get closer and closer each day…

In German with English Subtitles

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