Tuesday 19 November 2019 8pm
Dir: Michael Herbig Germany 2018
Language: German with subtitles
Running time: 125 minutes Cert: 18
Starring: Friedrich Mücke, Karoline Schuch, Alicia von Rittberg, David Kross
Supported By: Viking Tours Ireland
East Germany 1979. Electrician Peter Strelzyk and his bricklayer friend Günther Wetzel are tired of the strict Cold War regime under which they live, and want to provide a better future for their families. They come up with a daring plan – to secretly build a homemade hot-air balloon, which will carry them and their families over the border to freedom.
They need favourable weather conditions to ensure that the balloon can transport them safely. But the Stasi has learned of a possible escape attempt and is starting to close in. The families may not be able to wait any longer to pull off their dangerous plan.
Based on true events, Michael Herbig's thrilling drama recreates this incredible story.
Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019
"… an engrossing mixture of adventure yarn and methodical police procedural that generates moments of pulse-racing tension ..." – Allan Hunter, The List