Balloon (12A)

Chester International Film Festival
In Partnership with Chester Film Society 
Running from
Last event: Monday 7 March 2022 at 6pm
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Part of: Chester International Film Festival 2023

Directed by Pema Tseden
Starring: Yangshik Tso, Jinpa, Sonam Wangmo

Tibet, 1980s: Dargye and Drolkar’s two boisterous youngest sons have blown up their parents’ condoms like balloons. Not only does this outrage their entire village, but more practically: they have no more condoms. The shepherd couple already have three sons, and as China has recently introduced its one-child policy, they can’t have any more. 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. 

Official Selection for the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, 2021 

Introduced by Dr Nessa Johnston, Senior Lecturer in Media, Film and Television at Edge Hill University. Nessa is currently co-investigator on the Leverhulme funded Research Project, Anonymous Creativity, investigating the production of library music for film and television. 




Approx 102 mins


Tibetan with English subtitles

Content Guidance:

Abortion references, Domestic abuse, Moderate sex references