Balloon

A heart-on-the-sleeve, old-fashioned action-adventure thriller.

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Balloon

Thüringen, summer 1979. The Strelzyk and Wetzel families have been working on an audacious plan for more than two years: they want to flee East Germany in a homemade hot-air balloon. But the balloon crash lands just before the West German border. The Stasi finds traces of the attempted escape and launches an investigation while the two families are forced, under extreme pressure, to build a new escape balloon. The Stasi get closer and closer each day as a nerve-racking battle against the clock begins. Based on a true story.
Not Rated
Genre
Drama, History, Thriller, Fascism
Runtime
125
Language
German, English
Director
Michael Bully Herbig
Writer(s)
Kit Hopkins, Thilo Röscheisen, Michael Bully Herbig
Cast
Friedrich Mücke, Karoline Schuch, Thomas Kretschmann
FEATURED REVIEW
Hannah Brown, Jerusalem Post

Balloon, a well-made, fact-based thriller about two East German families who try to flee in a hot-air balloon in the late ‘70s, brings back all the drama of the Cold War. While it isn’t a deep look at the paranoia and corruption that go hand in hand with the kind of surveillance necessary to ...

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