Movie Night with MFAH Films “Beanpole” and “Balloon” April 20, 2020

This week, the MFAH streams two gripping new films, one set in the Soviet Union just after World War II, and the other in East Germany amid the Cold War.


Director Kantemir Balagov’s brilliant drama Beanpole—Russia’s entry for the 2020 Academy Awards—follows two young women in postwar Leningrad. See the Trailer

“A powerful portrait of mutual need.” —

Beanpole WATCH HERE Your purchase ($12.99) or rental ($4.99) supports the MFAH.


The latest from German filmmaker Michael Bully Herbig, Balloon thrillingly tells the true story of a family’s desperate escape from East Germany in a homemade hot air balloon, in 1979. See the Trailer

“Soars in its depiction of a classic great escape.” —L.A. Times

Balloon WATCH HERE Your ticket ($10) supports the MFAH and provides access to the film for three days.

Underwriting for the Film Department is provided by Tenaris and the Vaughn Foundation. Generous funding is provided by Nina and Michael Zilkha; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Lynn S. Wyatt; ILEX Foundation; L’Alliance Française de Houston; and The Foundation for Independent Media Arts.