Houston, We Have a Problem!

Synopsis: The cold war, the space race, and NASA's moon landing are iconic events that defined an era. They are also fodder for conspiracy theories. In Houston, We Have a Problem! filmmaker Ziga Virc explores the myth of a secret multi-billion-dollar deal involving America's purchase of Yugoslavia's space program in the early 1960s. This masterfully crafted feature-length docu-fiction is an intriguing blend of reality and fiction that recreates recent history through the prism of conspiracy theories. It invites the audience to make up its own mind about what is invented and what is real. In between the blurred lines of reality and fiction, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek asks the billion-dollar question: 'What is truth?' Using a wealth of archive footage, the film brings together all the strands of the myth through an eyewitness account from Ivan, a senior space engineer in the controversial Yugoslav space program. After WW2, Yugoslav intelligence reveals the existence of long-lost space tech
Director(s): Ziga Virc
  3 wins & 4 nominations.
88 min

going well it wasn't functional.

Is it true reports on Yugoslav space

programme were falsified

and shown in a better light?

Was this your order?

No. Reports on

Yugoslav space programme

were always realistic.

The scientist would perhaps

occasionally exaggerate a bit.

But they were never

intentionally falsified.

Buyer-to-be mustn't

have been deceived.

I was falsifying sketches,

embellishing the results of test launches.

It is possible that certain technical

details were presented in a multisided way.

We reckoned NASA representatives

would be excited to come to Yugoslavia.

And so they came.

NASA delegation was

impressed by our programme.

Tito decided to offer the programme to

the Americans for a certain sum of money.

Americans would, as is the

custom in capitalistic states,

try to lower the price,

but we wouldn't relent.

We demanded 3 billion dollars.

The public didn't know what

Tito received this money for.

This is the Pag island,

I was born here.

I got married here and

now I'm here again.

Tomorrow you'll be seeing your daughter

for the first time since ... -First time.

I have never seen her,

I don't even have her photo.

I don't know how she looks,

but I think we'll sniff each other out.

My daughter. -Good day.

-Martina, pleasure to meet you.

Ivan, are you alright? -Yes.

Matej, will you give him a hand?

-No problem.

This is my daughter Ana,

doctor of science.

Since 1983 she had been working

for Yugoslav Security Service.

Later she worked for Slovenian Security

Service, this occupation runs in the family.

That's right.

Tito was a proper operative.

He could sell something

while keeping it a complete secret.

Everything located at the Institute -

documentation, sketches, equipment,

was to be given to the Americans.

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