Poster

Ballon ()


Reference View | Change View


Balloon is a German thriller that deals with the crossing of the inner German border of the families Strelzyk and Wetzel from the GDR to West Germany with a homemade hot-air balloon.

Director:
Reviews:

Photos and Videos

Cast

Edit
Friedrich Mücke ...
Peter Strelzyk
Karoline Schuch ...
Doris Strelzyk
...
Petra Wetzel
...
Günter Wetzel
...
Seidel (Oberstleutnant)
Jonas Holdenrieder ...
Frank Strelzyk
Tilman Döbler ...
Andreas 'Fitscher' Strelzyk
Ronald Kukulies ...
Erik Baumann
Emily Kusche ...
Klara Baumann
Christian Näthe ...
Heym (Hauptmann)
Till Patz ...
Peterchen Wetzel
Ben Teichmann ...
Andreas Wetzel
...
Lesch (Oberfeldwebel)
Gernot Kunert ...
Schirra (Oberstleutnant)
...
Tornow (Oberstleutnat)
Peter Trabner ...
Apotheker
Bernd Michael Lade ...
Witzke (Oberst)
...
Strehle (Leutnant)
Bernd Stegemann ...
Werner Meissner (SED-Kreisleiter)
...
Kindergärtnerin (Ulrike Piehl)
Elisabeth Wasserscheid ...
Beate Baumann
Tilo Keiner ...
Diensthabender Offizier
Tilo Keiner ...
Diensthabender Offizier
...
Günters Stiefvater
Nadja Engel ...
Günters Mutter
Tom Kreß ...
Westpolizist
Thomas Birnstiel ...
Westpolizist
Cornelius Schwalm ...
Jörg Franke
Franziska Theiner ...
Konsumfrau
Christian Gaul ...
Rezeptionist
...
Amerikaner
...
Textilverkäuferin
Susanne Pfeiffer
...
Kuhn
...
Gefreiter Kenner
Angelika Koppmann ...
Textilverkäuferin
Stefan Kaminsky ...
Parteigenosse
Jörn Hentschel ...
Joachim Breninek, Fluglehrer
Stephan Henri ...
Petras Bruder
Thomas Chemnitz ...
Kriminaltechniker
Benjamin Jorns ...
Volkspolizist in Pößneck
Jonas Laux ...
Pilot
Sandra Lava ...
Helga
Maja Milena Palzkill ...
Lena
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Parent
Kaspar Eichel ...
Erich Mielke (voice)
Jakub Slodowicz ...
Kollektivjäger
Hans-Dietrich Genscher ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Helmut Kohl ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Helmut Schmidt ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Franz Josef Strauß ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

Edit
Michael Herbig ... (as Michael Bully Herbig)

Written by

Edit
Kit Hopkins ... (screenplay) &
Thilo Röscheisen ... (screenplay) &
Michael Herbig ... (screenplay) (as Michael Bully Herbig)

Produced by

Edit
Ulrike Fauth ... line producer
Stefan Gärtner ... co-producer
Michael Herbig ... producer (as Michael Bully Herbig)
Verena Schilling ... creative producer: SevenPictures
Kirstin Winkler ... creative producer

Music by

Edit
Marvin Miller
Ralf Wengenmayr

Cinematography by

Edit
Torsten Breuer

Film Editing by

Edit
Alexander Dittner

Editorial Department

Edit
Traudl Nicholson ... lead colorist
Magdalena Winhart ... assistant editor

Production Design by

Edit
Bernd Lepel

Art Direction by

Edit
Bernd Lepel
Ralf Schreck

Set Decoration by

Edit
Kerstin Grund

Costume Design by

Edit
Lisy Christl

Makeup Department

Edit
Britta Balcke ... makeup: extras
Esther Behrendt ... assistant makeup artist
Jennifer Berr ... assistant makeup artist
Anja Daum ... assistant makeup artist
Gloria Göschel ... makeup: extras
Kerstin Kaller ... assistant makeup artist
Veronika Knigge ... assistant makeup artist
Christiane Kochendörfer ... assistant makeup artist
Tatjana Krauskopf ... makeup department head
Friederike Mirus ... assistant makeup artist
Isabelle Neu ... assistant makeup artist
Irmela Oswald ... assistant makeup artist
Katharina Pade ... wigs
Alisza Pfeifer ... additional hair and makeup
Diana Rohde ... assistant makeup artist
Franziska Röder ... makeup artist
Alisia Schreiner ... assistant makeup artist
Lili Zawierucha ... makeup artist

Production Management

Edit
Fabian Ascher ... post-production manager
Lucius Brombeis ... assistant unit manager
Luisa Eichler ... assistant unit manager
Andreas Friz ... production manager
Anna Grothaus ... team assistant herbX film
Christian Held ... production manager
Tobias Lehmann ... location manager
Ella Liedtke ... production assistant
Sven Nuri ... post-production supervisor
Viktoria Obereisenbuchner ... assistant accountant
Margit Prenzel ... accountant
Alex Vogl ... unit manager
Verena Vogl ... location manager
Ismat Zaidi ... assistant Mr Herbig

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Edit
Jan Sebastian Ballhaus ... first assistant director
Shawn Bäumer ... third assistant director
Johannes Fröhlich ... second assistant director
Charlotte Hansen ... third assistant director
Charlotte Jülide Hansen ... third assistant director: Berlin Part

Art Department

Edit
Andras Bartos ... carpenter
Volker Behnke ... carpenter
Tilman Brandl ... set dresser
Sophia Burkardt ... intern art department
Alexander Böhacker ... carpenter
Ralf Churfürst ... set dresser
Michael Däumler ... set construction
Sabine Däumler ... third assistant set dresser
Klaus Eckmann ... lead set dresser
Kinga Eperjesi ... assistant art director
Annette Fritze ... carpenter
Jutta Glaser ... assistant set decorater
Eva Hartmann ... graphic designer
Willi Hartmann ... Graphics assistant
Kai Hartung ... carpenter
Markus Hasler ... set dresser
Dave Held ... carpenter
Bert Henschel ... carpenter
Tom Heyn ... carpenter
Nena Jägersberger ... assistant property master
Seralp Kaethner ... assistant set decorater
Joachim Keppler ... standby props
Marcus Khorgami ... carpenter
Mirko Krolikowski ... carpenter
Grit Kronacher ... set dresser
Alexis Kunze ... carpenter
Titus Kunze ... carpenter
Alexander Kämpfe ... carpenter
Daniel Lange ... set construction
Patrick Lange ... carpenter
Adam Machacek ... carpenter
Katerina Machacek ... carpenter
Schmidt Michael ... carpenter
Ulrich Mieves ... carpenter
Christian Münnich ... carpenter
Jörg Polten ... carpenter
Johannes Reichelt-Hansen ... set dresser
Max Schindler ... set dresser
Stephan Schmook ... carpenter
Jochen Schuetz ... set dresser
Florian Speidel ... set dresser
Mark Stühler ... carpenter
Nebojsa Tabacki ... concept artist
Irman Thiessen ... prop assistant/buyer
Friederike von Rohrscheidt ... set dresser
Nicolaus Wallner ... set builder
Eva Weymann ... theatrical painter
Johannes Wild ... property master
Thomas Wimmer ... set dresser
Till Zimmermann ... set dresser

Sound Department

Edit
Christian Bischoff ... re-recording mixer
Peter Brücklmair ... assistant sound recordist
Daniel Hallhuber ... assistant sound recordist
Marco Hanelt ... Foley Editor
Dana Hopfe ... adr production manager
Angelo Hopfer ... assistant sound recordist
Mario Hubert ... sound designer
Heiko Müller ... supervising adr recordist
Alexander Oberrader ... ADR recordist
Chris Rebay ... Sound Designer / dialogue editor
Roland Winke ... sound recordist
Uwe Zillner ... foley artist / foley recordist

Special Effects by

Edit
Felix Bartholomä ... special effects technician
Stefan Dolpp ... ballon navigator
Björn Friese ... special effects technician
Lukas Gaisberger ... special effects technician
Roland Kurtz ... crew ballon
Dirk Lange ... special effects supervisor
Günter Mascha ... crew ballon
Franz Müller ... crew ballon
Helmut Neudorfer ... special effects technician
Christoph Schönemann ... ballon navigator
Bastian Volkmer ... special effects technician
Gerd Voll ... armorer

Visual Effects by

Edit
Ando Avila ... matchmove lead: ScanlineVFX
Jörg Baier ... compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Nico Bell ... system administrator: ScanlineVFX
Alexander Boehmer ... junior fx artist: ScanlineVFX
Ariane Brinkmann ... human resources and finances: ScanlineVFX
André Cabaco ... cg supervisor: ScanlineVFX
Gabriel Chifor ... paint and rotoscope artist: ScanlineVFX
Jochen Conradt ... fx artist: ScanlineVFX
Florian Dax ... system administrator: ScanlineVFX
Thad Diego ... pipeline td: ScanlineVFX
Tobias Dommer ... compositing supervisor: ScanlineVFX
Manuel Ferdinand ... pipeline td: ScanlineVFX
Florian Franke ... compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Sinje Gebauer ... senior visual effects producer: ScanlineVFX
Martin Grözinger ... compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Wolfgang Haas ... animation artist: ScanlineVFX
Lasse Hamann ... compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
David Harter ... head of compositing: ScanlineVFX
Jasmin Hasel ... visual effects executive producer: ScanlineVFX
Finlay Hogg ... compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Doris Huber ... visual effects producer: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Stefan Hähnlein ... cg artist: ScanlineVFX
Zoran Kazic ... cg artist: ScanlineVFX
Tim Klink ... compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Oliver Koch ... matte painting artist: ScanlineVFX
Christopher Kollar ... compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Christian Kratzert ... animation artist: ScanlineVFX
Sascha Kremers ... lead rigging td: ScanlineVFX
Andrea Krupp ... compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Jan Krupp ... visual effects supervisor: ScanlineVFX
Vincent Langer ... matchmove artist: ScanlineVFX
Anne-Kristin Lehmann ... human resources and finances: ScanlineVFX
Vincent Liebig ... visual effects editor: ScanlineVFX
Sandra Lindner ... human resources and finances: ScanlineVFX
Antoine Marbach ... head of production: ScanlineVFX
Oliver Markowski ... cg supervisor
Lena Neumann ... human resources and finances: ScanlineVFX
Berter Orpak ... visual effects set supervisor: ScanlineVFX
Johannes Peter ... set supervising support
Christian Pokorny ... cg artist: ScanlineVFX
Nina Pries ... compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Christof Reisenegger ... animation intern: ScanlineVFX
Simon Roetzer ... i/o support: ScanlineVFX
Emil Rosenberger ... additional visual effects editor: ScanlineVFX
Benjamin Ross ... matte painting supervisor: ScanlineVFX
Michael Scheffler ... system administrator: ScanlineVFX
Franz Schiller ... compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Christoph Schinko ... animation artist: ScanlineVFX
Anton Shtolf ... junior compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Julia Smola ... visual effects producer: ScanlineVFX
Helmut Stark ... cg artist: ScanlineVFX
Jonas Stiltz ... compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Joshua Raul Teleki ... cg artist: ScanlineVFX
Hans Tetzloff ... matchmove artist: ScanlineVFX
Josh Webster ... editorial support: ScanlineVFX
José Manuel Weil ... cg artist: ScanlineVFX
Alexander Wlk ... visual effects coordinator: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Bjoern Wortmann ... compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Kai Woytke ... compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Thomas Zauner ... ceo: ScanlineVFX
Tim Emeis ... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Studios (uncredited)
Ivan Lima ... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Studios (uncredited)

Stunts

Edit
Felix Bartholomä ... stunt rigger
Martin Cronebach ... stunt double
Petr Dvorak ... stunt rigger
Lukas Gaisberger ... stunt rigger
Chris Gneißl ... stunt rigger
Petra Hennemann ... stunt double
Max Häusle ... stunt player
Katja Jerabek ... stunt double
Torsten Jerabek ... stunt coordinator
Heiko Kiesow ... assistant stunt coordinator
Hendrik Mohr ... stunt player
Nikolai Mohr ... stunt player
Hannes Pastor ... stunt player
Tanja Pelster ... stunt rigger
Sven Thiede ... stunt player
Tim Vetter ... stunt double
Bastian Volkmer ... stunt double: David Kross
Helga Wretman ... stunt double

Camera and Electrical Department

Edit
Mathias Bergmann ... pilot
Torsten Breuer ... cinematographer
Max Brinkschulte ... assistant camera
Jürgen Christa ... pilot
Christian Clarenz ... first assistant camera: a camera
Marco Di Sturini ... assistant dolly grip
Florian Dittel ... second assistant camera
Matthias Edinger ... rigging Berlin
Holger Fleig ... camera operator
Joel Girmazion ... second assistant camera: a camera
Samuel Goehr ... lighting
Dietmar Haupt ... rigging Berlin
Julian Taro Hitomi ... first assistant camera / first assistant camera: b camera
Florian Kopske ... best boy
Benjamin Leutgeb ... dit tech (as Ben Leutgeb)
Holger Löhner ... lighting
Lukas Maurer ... aerial operator
Marco Nagel ... still photographer
Patrick Nielsen ... assistant dolly grip
Hans Jurgen Ostler ... helicopter pilot
Frank Pawlowski ... additional lighting
Philip Peschlow ... camera
Nikolaus Pirchtner ... additional lighting
Simon Preissinger ... assistant camera
Peter Rasch ... additional lighting
Michael Rathgeber ... camera b / steadicam operator
Inga Riedel ... additional lighting
Friedemann Röse ... second assistant camera / second assistant camera: b camera
Emanuel Maximilian Schwermer ... camera operator (as Emanuel M. Schwermer)
Mark Seeburger ... aerial operator
Nikolaus Summerer ... camera
Volker Tittel ... camera operator
Stefan Urmann ... camera operator
Josef Wollinger ... chief lighting technician
David Wynands ... video operator
Jürgen Zarda ... dolly grip

Casting Department

Edit
Julia Eiber ... extras casting
Melanie Heim ... extras casting
Marc Körber ... extras casting
Johanna Ragwitz ... extras casting
Daniela Tolkien ... casting
Rebecca Wenzl ... casting assistant
Quentin Wojtas ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Edit
Emily Abel ... wardrobe assistant
Annette Braun ... wardrobe assistant
Björn Bugiel ... wardrobe assistant
Christina Isabell Chavarria Castro ... set costumer / wardrobe
Katja Dotzauer ... assistant costume designer
Gabriela Franze ... dressmaker
Steffi Friedrich ... wardrobe assistant
Nikole Gerlach ... wardrobe
Verena Graf ... wardrobe assistant
Diana Güven ... costume supervisor
Lea Vanessa Hacker ... wardrobe assistant
Marie Heitzinger ... key breakdown artist / textile artist
Ariane Herz ... dressmaker
Waris Klampfer ... wardrobe assistant
Ronja Krampitz ... wardrobe assistant
Kristin Pektor ... wardrobe
Natalia Riede ... wardrobe
Ribanna Roder ... wardrobe assistant
Sylka Schaedlich ... wardrobe assistant
Christina Schmiedbauer ... wardrobe assistant
Nele Simon ... wardrobe assistant
Shanti Spohn ... wardrobe assistant
Teenat Srichan ... dressmaker
Susanne Stroh ... crowd costumer daily
Natalie Uhlstein ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

Edit
Raidar Huber ... location scout
Mathias Kirsch ... assistant location manager
Dieter Lotzmann ... location scout
Robin Nickel ... assistant location manager
Stefan Wöhleke ... location scout

Music Department

Edit
Falko Duczmal ... score recording engineer
Jonathan Feurich ... score mix engineer / score recording engineer
Tilo M. Heinrich ... orchestrator
Alexander Siegel ... assistant engineer
Felix Trawoeger ... score editing / score recordist

Transportation Department

Edit
Raymond Bommel Schulz ... driver
Patric Haiböck ... driver
Emine Kisir ... driver
Wolfgang Koch ... unit driver
Florian Kraft ... driver
Irina Lohmann ... driver
Jakob Matthias ... driver
Norbert Mentrop ... driver
Marco Pirkl ... driver
Alex Recht ... unit driver
Thomas Schlegel ... unit driver
Christoph Siegert ... driver

Other crew

Edit
Jessica Nathalie Ballhaus ... set runner
Arne Berger ... caterer
Jan Birka ... continuity
Tomasz Blaszkowski ... caterer
Sonja Brummer ... making of
Harry Fakner ... military advisor
Sandra Folgner ... animal trainer
Niklas Fußstetter ... set runner
Markus Gödecke ... caterer
Sebastian Gödecke ... caterer
Renate Hiltl ... animal trainer
Ilona Hüttersen ... press agent to mr herbig
Johanna Ihle ... production secretary
Garry Kiermeier ... caterer
Jana Klingseisen ... set runner
Jesco Köplin ... caterer
Ella Liedtke ... production assistant
Anja Oster ... press agent
Ulrich Schneider ... caterer
Rainer Spoenla ... security officer
Hansjörg Staehle ... legal counsel
Angelika Strittmatter ... music licencing
Silvia Willmy ... childcare on set
Katja Zaus ... production coordinator

Thanks

Edit
Roland Emmerich ... special thanks
Leander Haußmann ... special thanks

Production Companies

Edit

Distributors

Edit

Special Effects

Edit

Other Companies

Edit

Storyline

Edit
Plot 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.

Plot Keywords
Taglines Für die Freiheit riskierten sie alles. (For freedom they risked it all.) See more »
Genres
Parents Guide Add content advisory for parents »
Certification

Additional Details

Edit
Also Known As
  • Balloon (France)
  • Der Ballon
Runtime
  • 120 min
Country
Language
Color
Sound Mix

Did You Know?

Edit
Trivia A remake of the 1982 movie "Night Crossing", starring John Hurt. Based on the true story of 2 family's attempting to cross the border between east and west Germany using a homemade hot air balloon, at a time when it was highly illegal. See more »
Movie Connections References Charlie's Angels (1976). See more »

Contribute to This Page


Recently Viewed