Le Voyage du Ballon Rouge (Flight of the Red Balloon), first part in a new series of films produced by Musee d'Orsay, tells the story of a French family as seen through the eyes of a Chinese student. A little boy and his baby-sitter, a chinese student, inhabit the same imaginary world: through their adventures they are followed by a strange red balloon. The film was shot in August and September 2006 on location in Paris. This is Hou Hsiao-Hsien's first western film. It is based on the classic French short The Red Balloon directed by Albert Lamorisse. The film opened the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival in May 2007.