Film Screening & Discussion: Houston, We Have a Problem!

Friday, January 27, 2017
607B Pulitzer Hall (Graduate School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway at 116th St)

Please join the Harriman Institute and the Njegos Endowment for Serbian Language and Culture for a screening of Houston, We Have A Problem! followed by a discussion with the film's director Žiga Virc, and producer, Boštjan Virc, who also collaborated on writing its screenplay.

In Croatian, English, Serbian, and Slovene with English subtitles (88 min., 2016). Post-screening Q&A with the director and producer.

Houston, We Have a Problem! is a feature docu-fiction film co-produced by Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, the Czech Republic and Qatar. Žiga Virc’s debut full-length film examines the myth of the United States' secret multi-million dollar purchase of the Yugoslav space program in the early 1960s. Virc's use of archival footage takes the audience back to the Cold War, the space race and NASA’s landing on the Moon. He intersperses real and fictional events, challenging the viewer to decide what is real and what is fiction: a challenge that seems ubiquitous today. 

Žiga Virc, an Academy Award nominated film and television director, wrote the screenplay with Boštjan Virc, who is also the film’s producer. The cinematographer is Andrej Virc, the founder of Studio Virc. In addition to Studio Virc, the producers include Nukleus Film, Sutor Kolonko, and co-producers, RTV Slovenia, HBO Europe, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) and the Doha Film Institute. 

The film was Slovenia's submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.