© Studiocanal Germany / Seba
© Studiocanal Germany / Seba

Thur. October 17, 2019 8:15 p.m.
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco
San Francisco Premiere

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125 min. Germany (2018) BD
German w/ English subtitles

Director/Producer: Michael Bully Herbig
Starring: Friedrich Mücke, Karolina Schuch, David Kross, Alicia von Rittberg, Thomas Kretschmann
Cinematography: Torsten Breuer
US Distributor: Distrib Films US

Thüringen, Summer 1979. The Strelzyk and Wetzel families have been working on an audacious plan for more than two years: they want to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border. The Stasi finds traces of the attempted escape and launches immediately an investigation, while the two families are forced, under extreme time pressure, to build a new escape balloon. The Stasi get closer and closer each day – a nerve-racking battle against the clock begins…