Privarzaniyat balon (1967) AKA The Tied Up Balloon



The Tied up Balloon was one of the most innovative and challenging works by Bulgaria’s pioneering female director, Binka Zhelyazkova. Set during WWII, a barrage balloon inexplicably appears in the sky above a remote peasant village creating an atmosphere of alarm, speculation and debate.

Almost immediately after the premiere, the film was stopped by the communist authority because of the direct display of the actual reality in the Bulgarian villages as well as for the hints about the origin of many of the communist leaders. After the restoration of the democracy in 1990, the movie came into a broad view and was recognized as one of the masterpieces of the Bulgarian cinematography from that time.

Director: Binka Zhelyazkova. AKA The Tied Up Balloon / Привързаният балон.
Writers: Yordan Radichkov (screenplay), Yordan Radichkov (story).
Stars: Georgi Kaloyanchev, Grigor Vachkov, Ivan Bratanov, Georgi Georgiev-Getz, Konstantin Kisimov, Georgi Partsalev, Konstantin Kotsev, Lyubomir Dimitrov, Janet Miteva.


Note: HD copy with proper AR added on December 27, 2021.

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  1. Michael
    December 24, 2020

    recommended to all lovers of films

    December 28, 2021

    I’m glad I took Michael’s recommendation here. A rare film indeed: beautifully executed and populated and poetically made. Holiday time well spent!

  3. Mac
    December 30, 2021

    Bullet melting?

    • Jon W.
      January 1, 2022

      On the previous version I posted on Nov 2020 it was translated as “he needs witchcraft” so it must be something like that.

  4. May 11, 2022

    Wow, a fantastic absurdist satire. Possibly my first ever Bulgarian film? It’s really great to have access to something like this, thanks!

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