Feature film / Drama, Thriller

Photo (detail): © Marco Nagel / Studio Canal

125 Min. | Germany 2018
Focus: 30 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall
Director: Michael Bully Herbig | Cast: Friedrich Mücke, Karoline Schuch, David Kross, Thomas Kretschmann, Alicia von Rittberg | Language: German, with English subtitles

1979, East Germany at the height of the Cold War. Günter Wetzel (David Kross, The Reader), a bricklayer, and his friend Peter Strelzyk (Friedrich Mücke), an electrician, can no longer bear the oppressive regime. The two men and their wives resolve to undertake a mission to secretly build a hot air balloon from scratch that will carry them and their families over the border fence to freedom. Over the course of the next 18 months they sew 1,000 square metres of cloth and gather countless weather reports from West German radio with the Stasi (State Police) hot on their heels. A nerve-racking battle against the clock begins.
Known for Germany’s all-time biggest box office success movies Manitou’s Shoe (2001) and Dreamship Surprise (2004), comedy personality Michael “Bully” Herbig now makes his directing foray into thrillers, recreating a gripping historical event.

Director Michael Herbig skilfully recreates a chilling, tense historical event.



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German Film Awards 2019:
Best Score, Sound (nominated)
German Camera Awards 2019:
Best Motion Picture (nominated)

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