The Tied Up Balloon

The Tied Up Balloon (Bulgarian: Привързаният балон, romanizedPrivarzaniyat balon) is a Bulgarian satirical comedy-drama film released in 1967, directed by Binka Zhelyazkova, starring Georgi Partsalev, Grigor Vachkov, Georgi Kaloyanchev, Konstantin Kotsev and Georgi Georgiev-Getz. The screenplay, written by Yordan Radichkov is based on his play Bustle.

Привързаният балон
Privarzaniyat balon
(The Tied Up Balloon)
Directed byBinka Zhelyazkova
Written byYordan Radichkov
StarringGeorgi Partsalev
Grigor Vachkov
Georgi Kaloyanchev
Konstantin Kotsev
Georgi Georgiev-Getz
CinematographyEmil Vagenshtayn
Music bySimeon Pironkov
Release date
  • 1967 (1967)
Running time
98 minutes

During the second world war, a barrage balloon appears out of nowhere in the sky above a Bulgarian village. This shakes the imagination of the peasants and causes endless speculations, assumptions and contentions.

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.[1][2][3] 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.[1][3]




  • Gencheva, Galina (2008). Bulgarian Feature Films encyclopedia. Sofia: Publishing house "Dr Ivan Bogorov". ISBN 978-954-316-069-3.
  • Kovachev, Pencho (2008). 50 Golden Bulgarian Films. Sofia: Publishing house "Zahariy Stoyanov". ISBN 978-954-09-0281-4.

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