Directed by Michael Herbig
  • Germany
  • 2hr 0min
  • 2018
  • German with English Subtitles

One of the most spectacular-ever attempts to cross over from the former communist East Germany is recalled in Michael Herbig’s immersive drama. During the most tense times of the Cold War, two families hatched an audacious plan - to sneak over to the west in the dead of night in a home-made hot-air balloon. They spent months fashioning their patchwork escape balloon in secret before embarking on their escape attempt at enormous personal and political risk.

Presented in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Irland

A outrageous real life escape story which is brought to the screen in brilliantly sense and nerve-shredding style.

Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director

Friedrich Mücke
Karoline Schuch
Alicia von Rittberg

Filmmakers in Attendance

Schedule & Tickets

23 Feb 20:30 Cineworld