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One of the most spectacular attempts to cross over from the former Communist East Germany is recalled in Michael Herbig’s immersive drama. During the most tense times of the Cold War, two families hatched an audacious plan; to sneak over to the west in the dead of night in a home-made hot air balloon. They spent months fashioning their patchwork escape balloon in secret, before embarking on their escape attempt at enormous personal and political risk.