Drama, History, Thriller Rated: NR 125 min
Saturday, March 14
Sunday, March 15
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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.

Balloon revels in exploring the details of every possible kind of danger these people face, so it’s a nerve-wincher, a cracking good escape thriller…” — Kyle Smith, National Review
“…incredibly tense and watchable.” — Jamie East, The Sun (UK)
“…quite entertaining, anchored by solid performances, and a contagiously well-meaning spirit.” — Alex Saveliev, Film Threat
directed by
Michael Herbig
written by
Kit Hopkins, Thilo Röscheisen, Michael Herbig
Friedrich Mücke, Karoline Schuch, David Kross
German (with English subtitles)
production company
herbX Film, StudioCanal, SevenPictures Film