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Houston, We Have a Problem (2016)

Explores the myth of the secret multi-billion-dollar deal behind America's purchase of Yugoslavia's clandestine space program in the early 1960s.


Ziga Virc
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Slavoj Zizek ... Himself
Josip Broz Tito Josip Broz Tito ... Himself (archive footage)
John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)
David Scott David Scott ... Himself (archive footage)
Dean Rusk Dean Rusk ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bozidar Smiljanic Bozidar Smiljanic


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 ... Written by Author

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Documentary | Drama


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Slovenian | Serbian | Croatian | English

Release Date:

21 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hiustonai, mes turime problema! See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Official submission of Slovenia the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. See more »


References Casablanca (1942) See more »


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Amazing illusion, constructed to deliver the truth
13 October 2016 | by b4blueSee all my reviews

This movie is really an amazing peace of work. I took everything it told me as truth and let it create certain feelings. At the end I went back to an assumption that it is fabricated but the feelings remained very solid and suddenly a lot of other information about the past started to fill in the gaps where fabrication was removed. Everything started to make more sense. It was not a pleasant discovery. It's one thing to feel as a victim of some powerful force, but to finally realize your own active role in the abuse, I think it is even harder to accept. Every movie, no matter what genre, is some type of manipulation and an attempt from author to present his own illusion. This movie seems like it is an illusion constructed to deliver the truth, indirectly.

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