LE VOYAGE DU BALLON ROUGE (Flight of the Red Balloon)
In Paris, Suzanne (Juliette Binoche) is a harried, slightly bedraggled single mother and puppeteer. She leaves her beloved son, Simon (Simon Iteanu), in the care of his new nanny, Song (Song Fang). Suzanne experiences a plethora of emotional upheavals and frustrations, while the reserved Song learns about her new charge and household. Song, a filmmaker and a fan of Albert Lamorisse's 1965 film Le Ballon rouge, uses Simon as a character in her own project and films him as they explore the neighbourhood. Simon meanwhile muses on the magical, dancing red balloon that calls out to him, waking and sleeping.
Running Time: 113 mins | Language: French dialogue with English subtitles
Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien | Country: France | DIFF Section: The Cultural Bridge