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Balloon

classified 12A S
Film

Fri 24 - Thu 30 Sept

Director
Pema Tseden
Cast
Sonam Wangmo, Jinpa, Yangshik Tso
Details
102 mins, Subtitled, 2019, China
Primary language
Chinese

Tibetan director Pema Tseden’s multi-award-winning Balloon slyly addresses China’s one-child policy as a family struggle against the conflicting dictates of nature, spirituality, politics, and free will.

In the vast hillocks of rural Tibet, shepherd couple Darye (Jinpa) and his wife Drolker (Sonam Wangmo) live with their two boisterous boys. It's the early 1980s, China just imposed its one-child policy and the lusty Darye has to make sure he doesn’t get his wife pregnant again, else the fine would cripple their farm. Naïve of the situation, the boys discover condoms nestled under their parents’ pillows, which they mistakenly believe as balloons. A sudden death and an unwanted pregnancy force Drolker to choose between the law or Buddhist tradition..

With its cool colour palette, attentive handheld camerawork, and painterly passages that seem to transpire somewhere between this world and the next, Balloon approaches weighty themes with beguiling brio and a sense of wonder.

  • Screenings of Balloon on Wed 29 Sep are part of our Cinébites deal: get 30% off any main dish in the Café & Bar with a valid cinema ticket.

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Audio Description
Baby
Baby screening
Bite
Cinébites meal deal
CTBA
Certificate to be announced
D
Dubbed
DS
Descriptive Subtitling
Intro
Introductory Talk
PR Intro
Pre-recorded Intro
PR QA
Pre-recorded Q&A
PS
Partially Subtitled
QA
Q&A Session
R
Recorded
S
Subtitled
Times TBC
To be confirmed