Escaping East Germany in a balloon?

Galway Film Society to screen Balloon

IN THE summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families want to escape East Germany to defect to the West, and they plan to do so via a self-constructed hot air balloon.

This is German film Balloon, based on a true story, and starring Friedrich Mücke, Karoline Schuch, David Kross. It will be screened by the Galway Film Society in the Pálás this Sunday June 30 and Monday at 6.30pm.

The families plan is to fly at night. Initially all goes well, but then a series of mishaps occur and they crash land just before reaching the West German border. The two families must build a new balloon. Meanwhile, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately begin an investigation. A race against time for the families and the Stasi begins.

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