The world premiere of Michael “Bully” Herbigs new Film “balloon”

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Director Michael “Bully” can Herbig funny not only, but also exciting: In his first Thriller, the escape of two families from East Germany in a hot air balloon. Now balloon “world” celebrated its premiere.

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    Shortly before Lift-off: “balloon”

    The summer of 1979, in Thuringia. Two families, forging a daring Plan: they want to flee with a self-built hot-air balloon from East Germany to the West. The story is based on a true story. In fact, this “balloon has taken flight”.

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    Michael Herbig, only this time behind the camera

    Herbig had taken years ago with one of the protagonists and the story-telling. Now he has brought the “balloon escape”, which is also a piece of German-German history, with the means of his production company and other film promotions on the canvas. 27. September starts the “balloon” in the German cinemas.

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    Spucki, Kork and Schrotty

    Michael Herbigs career began with the television Comedy series “Bullyparade”. The 20-year anniversary of the Show, the Team for the Comedy “bully parade – The movie” in 2017, had taken everything in front of the camera, what had made the Show and movies by the end of the 1990’s so iconic. This Film was not as successful as its predecessor…

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    The Shoe of Manitu

    Bullies first movie “The Shoe of Manitu” (2001) proposed, in Germany, all records. He is funny, well played and is a Hollywood production in the facilities and attention to Detail. Seen here from l. to R.): Gangster Hombre (Hilmi Sözer), chief Abahachi (Michael Herbig), the gangster boss of Santa Maria (Sky du Mont), and Trapper Ranger (Christian Tramitz) (.

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    Through film history

    Michael Herbig bows before the great spaghetti Western Director Sergio Leone: This scene is also in “game me the song of death”. Also, Kevin costner’s “dances with wolves” is quoted, as well as scenes from the “Terminator”. Bonds there is also in Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones”. And the “powder Rosa Ranch” is reminiscent of the Ponderosa Ranch of “Bonanza”.

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    Morning toilet in the Wild West

    Until today, The Shoe of the Manitou “” the most successful German Film in Germany. Critics referred to him as silly and underground slapstick. Abahachis twin brother Winnetouch is a gay native American who is completely exaggerated and ridiculed, additionally, the main characters Bayerisch talk. Of all the lovers of detail working with Director Michael Herbigs is praised, however.

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    (T)Raumschiff Surprise – Periode 1

    From the success, pushes for Herbig in 2004, the next satire, and goes on the trail of Captain Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise. Again, the entire Film provides an inexhaustible source of references and word play. And again, the main characters are gay. V. l. n. r: Mr. Spuck (Herbig), captain Kork (Christian Tramitz) and Schrotty (Rick Kavanian).

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    Star Wars Backdrop

    Clearly, the allusions to the Star Wars episodes 1 and 2 (as the movie title). Film connoisseurs will also discover the charm of “E. T.”, “Matrix”, “The fifth Element”, “2001 – a space Odyssey” and other films. Herbig was able to win for this Film, one of the then hottest German actors: Til Schweiger as Rock, a bit reminiscent of Han Solo from Star Wars.

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    Funny, well-staged, but a lot to gay

    The actor Rick Kavanian is so changeable that he takes on multiple roles here in the the Darth Vader-counterparts Jens Maul, the right Hand of the “Regulators”. Like the earlier Film, T)is celebrated “(spaceship Surprise” at the box office and by critics and torn apart: Again, the Gays are silly here, and pretentious shown, the jokes flat, but the Director is also in here.

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    Lissi and the wild Emperor (2007)

    Even Empress Sissi and her husband Franz were under the title of “Sissi – menopause of an Empress” to the solid Sketch-the Repertoire of the Bullyparade. And so Michael made himself Herbig 2007 to the next spoof. Came out of an animated film with the voices of Herbig, Tramitz and Kavanian. The story is peppered with quotes from “pirates of the Caribbean”, “King Kong” and “Titanic.”

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    “Franz! Mir is so fad’!”

    In the Bullyparade Sissi Empress is always boring and Franz must you keep the fun. In the Film, but Lissi does not abide: she is kidnapped by a Yeti, what a wild hunt begins. The Film failed to match the successes of its predecessors, although he too was in love with detail funny. Even the Animation didn’t have to hide behind US productions.

    Author: Silke Wünsch


  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    Shortly before Lift-off: “balloon”

    The summer of 1979, in Thuringia. Two families, forging a daring Plan: they want to flee with a self-built hot-air balloon from East Germany to the West. The story is based on a true story. In fact, this “balloon has taken flight”.

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    Michael Herbig, only this time behind the camera

    Herbig had taken years ago with one of the protagonists and the story-telling. Now he has brought the “balloon escape”, which is also a piece of German-German history, with the means of his production company and other film promotions on the canvas. 27. September starts the “balloon” in the German cinemas.

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    Spucki, Kork and Schrotty

    Michael Herbigs career began with the television Comedy series “Bullyparade”. The 20-year anniversary of the Show, the Team for the Comedy “bully parade – The movie” in 2017, had taken everything in front of the camera, what had made the Show and movies by the end of the 1990’s so iconic. This Film was not as successful as its predecessor…

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    The Shoe of Manitu

    Bullies first movie “The Shoe of Manitu” (2001) proposed, in Germany, all records. He is funny, well played and is a Hollywood production in the facilities and attention to Detail. Seen here from l. to R.): Gangster Hombre (Hilmi Sözer), chief Abahachi (Michael Herbig), the gangster boss of Santa Maria (Sky du Mont), and Trapper Ranger (Christian Tramitz) (.

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    Through film history

    Michael Herbig bows before the great spaghetti Western Director Sergio Leone: This scene is also in “game me the song of death”. Also, Kevin costner’s “dances with wolves” is quoted, as well as scenes from the “Terminator”. Bonds there is also in Steven Spielberg’s “Indiana Jones”. And the “powder Rosa Ranch” is reminiscent of the Ponderosa Ranch of “Bonanza”.

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    Morning toilet in the Wild West

    Until today, The Shoe of the Manitou “” the most successful German Film in Germany. Critics referred to him as silly and underground slapstick. Abahachis twin brother Winnetouch is a gay native American who is completely exaggerated and ridiculed, additionally, the main characters Bayerisch talk. Of all the lovers of detail working with Director Michael Herbigs is praised, however.

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    (T)Raumschiff Surprise – Periode 1

    From the success, pushes for Herbig in 2004, the next satire, and goes on the trail of Captain Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise. Again, the entire Film provides an inexhaustible source of references and word play. And again, the main characters are gay. V. l. n. r: Mr. Spuck (Herbig), captain Kork (Christian Tramitz) and Schrotty (Rick Kavanian).

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    Star Wars Backdrop

    Clearly, the allusions to the Star Wars episodes 1 and 2 (as the movie title). Film connoisseurs will also discover the charm of “E. T.”, “Matrix”, “The fifth Element”, “2001 – a space Odyssey” and other films. Herbig was able to win for this Film, one of the then hottest German actors: Til Schweiger as Rock, a bit reminiscent of Han Solo from Star Wars.

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    Funny, well-staged, but a lot to gay

    The actor Rick Kavanian is so changeable that he takes on multiple roles here in the the Darth Vader-counterparts Jens Maul, the right Hand of the “Regulators”. Like the earlier Film, T)is celebrated “(spaceship Surprise” at the box office and by critics and torn apart: Again, the Gays are silly here, and pretentious shown, the jokes flat, but the Director is also in here.

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    Lissi and the wild Emperor (2007)

    Even Empress Sissi and her husband Franz were under the title of “Sissi – menopause of an Empress” to the solid Sketch-the Repertoire of the Bullyparade. And so Michael made himself Herbig 2007 to the next spoof. Came out of an animated film with the voices of Herbig, Tramitz and Kavanian. The story is peppered with quotes from “pirates of the Caribbean”, “King Kong” and “Titanic.”

  • The movies of Michael “Bully” Herbig

    “Franz! Mir is so fad’!”

    In the Bullyparade Sissi Empress is always boring and Franz must you keep the fun. In the Film, but Lissi does not abide: she is kidnapped by a Yeti, what a wild hunt begins. The Film failed to match the successes of its predecessors, although he too was in love with detail funny. Even the Animation didn’t have to hide behind US productions.

    Author: Silke Wünsch


With the Bully-Parade in TV and movie comedies such as “The Shoe of Manitu” or “(T)spaceship Surprise – period 1” showed Michel “Bully” Herbig, many years ago, that he is a master of humor. However, the guarantor for blockbuster movies in the light compartment it has in terms of directing even more. His first serious movie “balloon” had on Wednesday evening in Munich, the world premiere – a piece of German-German history. The spectacular and daring escape of two families from East Germany told Herbig in the West.

Cast off and in the direction of freedom

The facts: in 1979, ten years before the Opening of the Iron curtain was so dense and impenetrable as ever. Only rarely managed people to flee from the GDR to West Germany. And if it succeeded, then one such escape in the West German media and society was greeted with undisguised applause. “Better wessis” not yet, “Easterners” in the West of the GDR were considered a dictatorship-citizens, predominantly as victims of the SED.

Spectacular, brave, daring

Balloon-sewing to exhaustion

In this case, the applause on the successful escape was especially great, because the two Thuringian families Strelzyk and Wetzel succeeded at 16. September 1979 escape with a secretly self-built hot-air balloon. Four adults and four children in a gondola of nearly two square meters, on a 30-Meter-high balloon envelope made from 1245 square meters of fabric. The escape balloon he built had a capacity of 4200 cubic meters of air. He wore the two families at night, in half an hour 18 miles away, up in the Bavarian border town of Naila.

A first escape attempt had been taken by the family Strelzyk around ten weeks, but the built hot-air balloon crashed a few hundred meters before the border of the restricted area. The radicals were, of course, found by the GDR border troops.

Stasi and army search on track

Because the state was trying to determine the security service of the GDR, high pressure, the potential refugees, the Strelzyks the family Wetzel to the trust, so that together and in a rush, a new balloon made. This time the project ended successfully. How the Stasi dealt with the two families, a document of 2000 pages in the former Gauck authority.

Theme is a personal concern

All of these facts, Director Michael “Bully has processed” Herbig, now in his film “balloon”. Interviews with the protagonists, or the information from the Stasi files have been incorporated into the screenplay. This event for the cinema to implement was the Munich-based concern. He was eleven years old, as the sensational managed to escape, and this event has him released to his own statement, never again. “I was fascinated by the story and therefore it was important for me to get to the families as early as possible in the boat,” said Herbig in the ARD-tagesthemen.

Director Michael “Bully” Herbig

In 2011, he made nails with heads, and began with the planning of the film – knowing that there was in 1982 a Disney film of the event with the title “With the Wind to the West” – a Film that was not met, however, the content of the families involved in a number of passages just to consent. “Balloon” was shot after five years of preparation, in the fall of 2017. 50 days in the GDR-Flair rotary, with dramatically compressed the time of events is already exciting.

In the German cinemas balloon comes at the 27. September 2018. It remains to be seen how this without a sense of Humor auskomm the end, but it is tremendously exciting to arrive “Bully”-a Thriller to the audience. The 39 years ago escaped a couple Wetzel was thrilled.