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Balloon film still


  •   Pema Tseden
  •   China

A harmonious life in the Tibetan grasslands is disrupted by two rambunctious young boys when they repurpose their father’s sole remaining condom as a balloon. This innocent theft leads to an unwanted pregnancy and community friction, further complicated from the collision of strict population control laws and Buddhist ideals of reincarnation. Equally comedic and tragic, Balloon is a visually sumptuous meditation on modernity, spirituality, and the preservation of family.

“both a gorgeously intimate family drama and an idiosyncratic artistic statement flecked with humor and sorrow”

Special Guests

Scheduled to attend: Director Pema Tseden


International Competition Program Patron

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Event Information

Monday, October 21, 2019

  •   102 minutes
AMC River East 21
322 E Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60611 United States

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