Houston - We Have a Problem


A Film by Žiga Virc

In March 1961, Yugoslavia sold its secret space program to USA. Two months later, Kennedy announced USA will go to the Moon. In January 2012 film makers uploaded a trailer of this film on Youtube. 3 days later, half a million people saw it.

In 1961 Yuri Gagarin was sent to space and USA had to admit shameful defeat in the space race. But there was also a third player in the race – Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia based its space technology on unpublished diaries of Herman Potocnik – Noordung, found in 1945 by Yugoslav secret service. Yugoslavia sold its complete secret space programme to USA in March 1961. Two months later, Kennedy announced USA will go to the Moon. Yugoslavia gained highest level of prosperity among socalist countries and president Tito traided life of guerilla soldier for luxury lifestyle. But that was just the beginning of the story as things were not as easy as they seemed...

Developed at Documentary Campus 2012

TITLE Houston, We Have a Problem!
GENRE Docu-fiction / Cross-Media
LENGTH 80 minutes
LANGUAGE Serbo-Croatian, English
LOCATION Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, USA

CO-PRODUCTION Nukleus Film, Sutor Kolonko
PRODUCERS Boštjan Virc, Ingmar Trost, Siniša Juričic
COMMISSIONING EDITOR Jutta Krug (WDR), Hanka Kastelicová (HBO Europe), Andraž Pöschl (RTV)
SUPPORTED BY Documentary Campus Masterschool 2012, MEDIA, Slovenski Filmski Center, HAVC Croatia, VIBA Film, Eurimages, Doha Film Institute

Slovenia / Croatia / Germany 2016