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Virtual Screening: Balloon
Based on the true story of one of the most daring escapes of the Cold War, in which two families sailed out of East Germany in a homemade hot-air balloon.
Through our Virtual Screening Room, you can rent films curated by the Coolidge team, while helping to support the Coolidge during this unprecedented time.
Thüringen, Summer 1979. The Strelzyk and Wetzel families have been working on an audacious plan for more than two years: they want to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border. The Stasi finds traces of the attempted escape and immediately launches an investigation, while