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Film Club Balloon 13th Nov 8pm
November 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Director: Michael Herbig
Cast: Friedrich Mücke, Karoline Schuch, Alicia von Rittberg, David Kross
125 minutes, Germany, 2018, CLUB
Short synopsis (less than 60 words)
East Germany 1979. The Strelzyk and Wetzel families want to escape the strict Cold War regime under which they live, and experience a world of freedom. They come up with a daring plan…
Based on true events, Michael Herbig’s thrilling drama recreates the incredible story of how two families planned to flee to the West in a homemade hot-air balloon.
Short synopsis (less than 120 words)
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