Balloon

In the summer of 1979, in Thüringen, in East Germany, two families put together a crazy plan. They are desperate to leave the DDR for the ‘West’ and plan to flee in a homemade hot air balloon. After sewing and tinkering for weeks, the amateurs make their first attempt. Meters from the West German border, their balloon suffers from the rain and crash lands. Luckily, they manage to avoid being caught by the police. However, the wreckage from their escape attempt is found and that triggers a desperate manhunt. The tension rises as the families determine to try again, and a race against time ensues. On the one hand, the authorities, desperate to track down the traitors, become aware that a second attempt is being planned. On the other, the would-be escapees, conscious of the search drawing ever nearer, need to build a more robust, weatherproof balloon – and avoid leaving too many clues.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Ballon
  • Director
    Michael Herbig
  • Producer
    Michael Herbig
  • Writers
    Kit Hopkins, Thilo Röscheisen, Michael Herbig
  • Photo
    Torsten Breuer
  • Actors
    Friedrich Mücke, Karoline Schuch, David Kross |
  • Playtime
    2h 5m
  • Year
    2018
  • Country
    Germany
  • Age limit
    12
  • Production
    herbX Film
  • Distributor
    Another World Entertainment