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Balloon

A film by Michael Bully Herbig

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A thrilling true story of one of the most spectacular escapes of the 20th century.

Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of Germany’s reunification, BALLOON is based on one of the most daring escapes of the Cold War, when 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 homemade hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crashes 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 balloon as the Stasi get closer and closer each day.

“Filmmaker Herbig and his team prove to be especially adept at contriving situations where anything anyone does causes fear, anxiety, stress and worry, leaving everyone, very much including the audience, existing on the knife’s edge of unremitting tension.” —Los Angeles Times
 
“Captures the paranoia and excitement of its time.” —The DC Line
 
“As spellbinding, taut and poignant as The Lives of Others. It will make you stand up and cheer!” —NYC Movie Guru
 
“It's all somewhat schematic and messy, a glossy portrait of tumultuous times. It's also quite entertaining, anchored by solid performances, and a contagiously well-meaning spirit.” —Film Threat

Stony Brook Film Festival 2019
Best Director, Jefferson State Flixx Fest 2019
Audience Choice Award, Heartland International Film Festival 2019
Audience Award, Scottsdale Film Festival 2019
Best Feature, Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival 2019
Best Film, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival 2019
Audience Award, Washington D.C. International Film Festival 2019
Best International Film, St. Louis International Film Festival 2019
Director’s Choice Award, Sedona International Film Festival 2020

125 minutes / Color
German / English subtitles
Release: 2019
Copyright: 2018

For individual consumers (home video)

This DVD is sold for private, home use only.

Subject areas:
Distrib Films Collection, Germany

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