Monday Night Cinema
Based on true events, Michael Herbig’s thrilling drama recreates this incredible story set in 1979 East Germany.
Electrician Peter Strelzyk and his bricklayer friend Günther Wetzel are tired of the strict Cold War regime under which they live, and want to provide a better future for their families. They come up with a daring plan – to secretly build a homemade hot-air balloon, which will carry them and their families over the border to freedom.
They need favourable weather conditions to ensure that the balloon can transport them safely. But the Stasi has learned of a possible escape attempt and is starting to close in. The families may not be able to wait any longer to pull off their dangerous plan.
Audience Award, Washington DC Filmfest 2019
Official Selection, Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2019