Balloon [Ballon]


Directed By: Michael Herbig

November 14, 2018 / German / 125 min

In this film based on true events, two families in 1979 are desperate to leave East Germany and come up with a plan to build a hot air balloon to fly to the West. They must take increasingly dangerous risks to realize their plan all while staying one step ahead of the authorities. A family-friendly hit.

For a preview of this film, listen to “From the Booth,” the IC podcast, Fall 2019 episode 10.

For an analysis of this film, listen to Fall 2019, episode 11 of the IC podcast, “From the Booth” with IC co-directors Marc Yamada and Chip Oscarson with special guest, Prof. Rob McFarland (German and Russian).

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Screened Semesters:

  • 2019 Fall