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Ballon (2018)


  • Genres:
    Drama | History | Thriller
  • Release Date:
    27 September 2018
  • Broadcast Co:
    herbX Film - StudioCanal - SevenPictures Film
  • Country:
  • Parental Guide:
    PG +13 (Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13)
  • Status:
  • Runtime:
    2 h 5 min
  • Summary:
    In the summer of 1979, in Thüringen, in East Germany, two families put together a crazy plan. They are desperate to leave the DDR for the 'West' and plan to flee in a homemade hot air balloon. After sewing and tinkering for weeks, the amateurs make their first attempt. Meters from the West German border, their balloon suffers from the rain and crash lands. Luckily, they manage to avoid being caught by the police. However, the wreckage from their escape attempt is found and that triggers a desperate manhunt. The tension rises as the families determine to try again, and a race against time ensues. On the one hand, the authorities, desperate to track down the traitors, become aware that a second attempt is being planned. On the other, the would-be escapees, conscious of the search drawing ever nearer, need to build a more robust, weatherproof balloon - and avoid leaving too many clues.

Cast & Crew

Friedrich Mücke as Peter Strelzyk
Friedrich Mücke
(Peter Strelzyk)
Karoline Schuch as Doris Strelzyk
Karoline Schuch
(Doris Strelzyk)
David Kross as Günter Wetzel
David Kross
(Günter Wetzel)
Alicia von Rittberg as Petra Wetzel
Alicia von Rittberg
(Petra Wetzel)
Thomas Kretschmann as Oberstleutnant Seidel
Thomas Kretschmann
(Oberstleutnant Seidel)
Jonas Holdenrieder as Frank Strelzyk
Jonas Holdenrieder
(Frank Strelzyk)
Tilman Döbler as Andreas 'Fitscher' Strelzyk
Tilman Döbler
(Andreas 'Fitscher' Strelzyk)
Christian Näthe as Hauptmann Heym
Christian Näthe
(Hauptmann Heym)
Till Patz as Peterchen Wetzel
Till Patz
(Peterchen Wetzel)
Ben Teichmann as Andreas Wetzel
Ben Teichmann
(Andreas Wetzel)
Ronald Kukulies as Erik Baumann
Ronald Kukulies
(Erik Baumann)
Emily Kusche as Klara Baumann
Emily Kusche
(Klara Baumann)
Sebastian Hülk as Oberfeldwebel Lesch
Sebastian Hülk
(Oberfeldwebel Lesch)
Gernot Kunert as Oberstleutnant Schirra
Gernot Kunert
(Oberstleutnant Schirra)
Ulrich Brandhoff as Oberstleutnat Tornow
Ulrich Brandhoff
(Oberstleutnat Tornow)
Peter Trabner as Apotheker
Peter Trabner
Bernd Michael Lade as Witzke (Oberst)
Bernd Michael Lade
(Witzke (Oberst))
Kai Ivo Baulitz as Strehle (Leutnant)
Kai Ivo Baulitz
(Strehle (Leutnant))
Bernd Stegemann as Werner Meissner (SED-Kreisleiter)
Bernd Stegemann
(Werner Meissner (SED-Kreisleiter))
Antje Traue as Kindergärtnerin (Ulrike Piehl)
Antje Traue
(Kindergärtnerin (Ulrike Piehl))
Elisabeth Wasserscheid as Beate Baumann
Elisabeth Wasserscheid
(Beate Baumann)
Tilo Keiner as Diensthabender Offizier
Tilo Keiner
(Diensthabender Offizier)
Peter Prager as Günters Stiefvater
Peter Prager
(Günters Stiefvater)
Nadja Engel as Günters Mutter
Nadja Engel
(Günters Mutter)
Thomas Kress as Westpolizist
Thomas Kress
Thomas Birnstiel as Westpolizist
Thomas Birnstiel
Cornelius Schwalm as Jörg Franke
Cornelius Schwalm
(Jörg Franke)
Franziska Theiner as Konsumfrau
Franziska Theiner
Susanne Pfeiffer
Susanne Pfeiffer
Tim Williams as Amerikaner
Tim Williams
Christian Gaul as Rezeptionist
Christian Gaul
Beate Kurecki as Textilverkäuferin
Beate Kurecki
Sebastian Schwarz as Kuhn
Sebastian Schwarz
Timur Bartels as Gefreiter Kenner
Timur Bartels
(Gefreiter Kenner)
Angelika Koppmann as Textilverkäuferin
Angelika Koppmann
Sandra Lava as Helga
Sandra Lava
Stefan Kaminsky as Parteigenosse
Stefan Kaminsky
Benjamin Jorns as Volkspolizist in Pößneck
Benjamin Jorns
(Volkspolizist in Pößneck)
Thomas Chemnitz as Kriminaltechniker
Thomas Chemnitz
Jonas Laux as Pilot
Jonas Laux
Jörn Hentschel as Joachim Breninek, Fluglehrer
Jörn Hentschel
(Joachim Breninek, Fluglehrer)
Andrea Benson as Angestellte US-Botschaft
Andrea Benson
(Angestellte US-Botschaft)
Geoffrey Rude as Angestellter US-Botschaft
Geoffrey Rude
(Angestellter US-Botschaft)
Maja Milena Palzkill as Lena
Maja Milena Palzkill
Henri Stephan as Petras Bruder
Henri Stephan
(Petras Bruder)
Kaspar Eichel as Erich Mielke
Kaspar Eichel
(Erich Mielke)
Daniela Elhagh
Daniela Elhagh
Angela Jacobi
Angela Jacobi
Shirin Lotze
Shirin Lotze
Julia Lowack
Julia Lowack
Wolfgang Haas
Wolfgang Haas
Uwe Kosubek
Uwe Kosubek
Daniel Pietzuch
Daniel Pietzuch
Matthias Ransberger
Matthias Ransberger
Gina Benussi
Gina Benussi
David Altman as Parent
David Altman
Hans-Dietrich Genscher as Self
Hans-Dietrich Genscher
Helmut Kohl as Self
Helmut Kohl
Helmut Schmidt as Self
Helmut Schmidt
Jakub Slodowicz as Kollektivjäger
Jakub Slodowicz
Franz Josef Strauß as Self
Franz Josef Strauß

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