(QI QIU) Features
Director: Pema Tseden 2019 102 Minutes Ages 15+
BALLOON Sun 04 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 02:10pm 102mins New Farm Six Cinemas
BALLOON Mon 05 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 07:00pm 102mins Dendy Cinemas Coorparoo

Set on the stunning Tibetan steppes, Balloon follows a loving family as they navigate the challenges of their conservative farming community, spiritual obligations and China’s one-child policy with dignity and kindness.

Dargye (Jinpa) and Drolkar (Sonam Wangmo) are parents to two cheeky boys, whose innocent discovery of a condom causes a stir in their rural community, to the embarrassment of the family. The family already cares for an elderly parent — one more child would put them under pressure. Novelist and director Pema Tseden deftly explores constraining gender roles and the frisson between tradition and modernity, crafting a gentle film told with humanity and humour.

Australian Premiere


Classification:Ages 15+
Language:Tibetan, with English subtitles
Director:Pema Tseden
Producer:Huang Xufeng, Jacky Pang
Cast:Sonam Wangmo, Jinpa, Yangshik Tso
Script:Pema Tseden
Program strand:Features