Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM!
(Houston, Imamo Problem!)

 

Year: 2016
Country: SLOVENIA, CROATIA, GERMANY, CZECH REPUBLIC, QATAR
Run Time: 88 minutes

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM!
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM!
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM!
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM!

Have you heard the one about the secret 1960s deal where the U.S. bought the nuts and bolts of the then-burgeoning Yugoslavia space program, with the intention of using these innovations to bolster its own technology? If you aren’t familiar, you’re not alone. The documentary-style HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM! is an elaborate, fictionalized take on the oft-covered global race to outer space. The film merges preposterous details (for example, a pig used as a tragic test pilot) with true happenings, such as vintage newsreel footage and actual audio conversations between President John F. Kennedy and Yugoslavia President Josip Tito. Poised interviews with credible sources—including historians, a NASA engineer, and a Slovenian philosopher—further help create a convincing (if alternative) narrative. Historical revisionism at its most entertaining and meticulous, HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM! is a seamless commentary on how easy it is to believe a well-constructed yarn—and how plausibility and truth are sometimes mutually exclusive. (In English, Slovenian, Serbian, and Croatian with subtitles) —A.Z.

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM! was selected as Slovenia's entry for Best Foreign Language Film for this year's Academy Awards®.

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 7:45 PM

Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Friday, April 07, 2017 at 3:25 PM

Competition
New Direction Competition

Director
Žiga Virc

Žiga Virc was born in Novo Mesto, Slovenia in 1987. He graduated from the University of Ljubljana Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television, where he studied film and TV directing. He began his career directing documentaries and short films. He is part of the family-owned production company Studio Virc.

Filmography
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM! (2016)

Producer
Boštjan Virc

Screenwriting
Žiga Virc, Boštjan Virc

Cinematography
Andrej Virc

Editing
Vladimir Gojun

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