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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
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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)
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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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It is a good view how it was and warning not to make a similar mistakes
15 January 2018 | by irenaspaSee all my reviews

First have to give comment that in here the author did not type names all of the protagonists. It would be good that he/she mentioned all, as for example are Ivan Pavic and his daughter. Finally I saw it and in it all is for me more than "docu-fiction". For sure many of those things really happened in that period, what is shown in that some around hour and a half. It is the truth picture how it can be when someone who is poor, without any cent in his pocket, is gambling with the big and rich players, who have not only the money, but also all needed tools, but maybe not all needed knowledge. Generally speaking, from seeing this material you ask yourself, is it worth to sell the knowledge and how much is it worth? In that situation, you never think about what consequences will appear and in what shape and in what measure. The people of ex Yugoslavia survived that and know very well how it can be.

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