Balloon (Ballon)

2018 | Germany | NR | 125 min.


Bijou by the Bay Thu, Aug 1, 2019 9:00 PM
Central High School Auditorium Sat, Aug 3, 2019 9:00 AM
Film Info
Release Year:2018
Runtime:125 min.
Production Country:Germany
Original Language:German
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Michael Herbig
Produced by:Michael Herbig
Screenwriter:Kit Hopkins
Thilo Röscheisen
Michael Herbig
Cinematography:Torsten Breuer
Editing By:Alexander Dittner
Cast:Friedrich Mücke
Karoline Schuch
David Kross
Alicia von Rittberg


Set during the Cold War and based on a daring true story, Balloon follows two families in communist East Germany who are fed up with life under an oppressive regime. Together, they work to secretly create a hot air balloon that will carry them and their children to the promise of a better life in West Germany. Over the course of 18 months, the families must figure out how to purchase and assemble over a thousand square meters of fabric (without seeming suspicious), track weather patterns, deceive neighbors, and avoid the Stasi Police, who grow closer to discovering their plans with each passing day. With some truly nail-biting scenes set to a larger-than-life score and against an uncanny recreation of the late 1970s, this thrilling international hit presents a captivating case of the extraordinary lengths ordinary people will go to in order to seek freedom across borders.