Ballon, by German director Michael Bully Herbig, tells the true story of the Strelzyks and the Wetzels, who built their balloon in a cellar in Thuringia. a state in the German Democratic Republic, before flying across the border into Bavaria one chilly night in September 1979. One of the most spectacular escapes from communist East Germany, in which two families sailed over the heavily fortified border in a homemade balloon, has been recreated as a thriller for the cinema.
Director: Michael Herbig
Cast: Alicia von Rittberg, Friedrich Mücke, Thomas Kretschmann, Karoline Schuch
Dutch subtitles – 125 min.