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2 hrs, 5 mins
David Kross, Karoline Schuch, Alicia von Rittberg, Thomas Kretschmann, Friedrich Mücke
Michael Bully Herbig

TICKETS / Boston / Kendall Square Cinema

Coming Soon

Released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Germany’s reunification, the gripping thriller Balloon is based on the true story of one of the most spectacular and daring escapes from Communist East Germany, in which two families 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 self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just short of the West German border, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an all-out search. They put surveillance on all stores selling fabric, and check every pharmacy to trace a prescription medicine found in the crashed balloon. In a society filled with informers, even an innocent young son could give the game away by mentioning his father’s big sewing project at day care. 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. (Fully subtitled)

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