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FILM OPENS: March 27, 2020

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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 before the West German border, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. 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...

  • Director: Michael Herbig
  • Country: Germany
  • Genre: Drama | Thriller | History
  • Year: 2020
  • Run Time: 02:05:00
  • imdb Score: 7.6/10 (5,665 votes)
  • Language: German, English
  • Rating:
  • Cast: Friedrich Mücke, Karoline Schuch, David Kross, Alicia von Rittberg
"This is a movie for people who want to see a gripping adventure based on a true story and revisit an interesting period in recent history, nothing more and nothing less."
Hannah Brown - JERUSALEM POST

"The film is a solid political thriller, with good edge-of-the-seat tension if you don't mind everything slightly over-cooked."
Paul Byrnes - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

"The film's main strength lies in its convincing depiction of what it was like to live under the restrictive totalitarian state that was East Germany."
David Stratton - THE AUSTRALIAN

AWARDS

St. Louis Int'l Film Festival 2019
Best International Film

Washington DC Filmfest 2019
Best Feature Film

FESTIVALS

Zurich Film Festival 2018

BCN Film Fest 2019

Schlingel Film Festival 2019