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Balloon

Directed by: Michael Herbig | 2020 | 2h 5m | Unrated | In German w/ English Subtitles

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FREE TO THE PUBLIC!

**PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A VIRTUAL SCREENING ONLY AND WILL NOT BE TAKING PLACE AT OUR SOUTH BEACH THEATER**

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We’re proud to partner with our friends at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Miami to offer a special presentation of the exciting new thriller, BALLOON.
Thanks to their support, we’re able to offer this film to you for FREE from Friday, May 29th through Sunday, May 31st!

With a release to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Germany’s reunification, BALLOON is based on the true events of one of the most daring escapes of the Cold War in which two families living in Communist East Germany sailed over the heavily fortified border in a homemade hot-air balloon.

In the summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families—who had been working on their audacious plan for more than two years—try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. In a nerve-wracking race against the clock, the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon as the Stasi get closer and closer each day…

After you’ve enjoyed the free screening of BALLOON, please join us in watching a conversation with Consul General Andreas Siegel and O Cinema co-director Kareem Tabsch as they discuss what life was like in East and West Germany, the historical circumstances that led to the fall of the Berlin wall and the reunification of Germany.

“Filmmaker Herbig and his team prove to be especially adept at contriving situations where anything anyone does causes fear, anxiety, stress and worry, leaving everyone, very much including the audience, existing on the knife’s edge of unremitting tension.”
– LOS ANGELES TIMES

“The movie is a heart-on-the-sleeve, old-fashioned action-adventure thriller.”
– FILMTHREAT

“In this entertainingly tense thriller, Hebrig finds extraordinary courage and understandable fear in both the Strelzyk and Wetzels.”
– AUSTIN CHRONICLE