Events, Communities

who knows what yesterday will bring? #2

“Houston, We Have a Problem!" © Žiga Virc 2016

Session #2:

Houston, We Have a Problem! (Houston, imamo problem!) by Žiga Virc (2016, 88min, documentary, Slovenia-Croatia-Germany -Czech Republic-Qatar) / VO Croatian, English, Serbian and Slovene with Greek and English subtitles.

Time and address:

Thursday 16 June 2022, 9 pm
Flery Cinema, Skippi 5-7, Kallithea, 176 75

Curated by:

Delphine Leccas

Online publications curated by:

Delphine Leccas & locus athens

In collaboration with:

Dokufest in Prizren, Harabel contemporary art platform in Tirana, The Institute of Contemporary Art – ICA in Sofia, MakeDox and Museum of Contemporary Art-MoCA in Skopje, Subversive Festival in Zagreb and Festival Europe autour de l’Europe in Paris

The cold war, the space race, and NASA’s moon landing are landmark events that defined an era… but they are also fodder for conspiracy theories.

In Houston, We Have a Problem! filmmaker Žiga Virc proposes an intriguing docu-fiction that explores the myth of the secret multi-billion-dollar deal behind America’s purchase of Yugoslavia’s clandestine space program in the early 1960s. To make things more poignant and more fun, he mixes real-life, archive TV footage of Slovenian star philosopher Slavoj Žižek and fictional characters and stories. The “mockumentary” combines conspiracy theories and myths, exploring how both can create a certain image of ourselves and our allies or rivals in our consciousness. But while these ideas have some basis in reality, the situation was always much more complex.

This masterfully crafted feature 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.

Žiga Virc (1987, Novo mesto, Slovenia)

Film and television director, Žiga Virc graduated from Ljubljana’s Academy of Theater, Radio and Television (AGRFT). After the success of his internet trilogy Tine strela, his short film Trieste Is Ours! was nominated for a Student Academy Award 2010.  

He has directed numerous commercials, documentary and fiction films, for which he has received numerous awards. He is experienced in a cross-platform approach, and some of his works have gone viral internationally. His docu-fiction Houston, We Have a Problem! participated to several international film festivals such as BFI London Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, IDFA. 

Supported by:

Goethe-Institut Athen.

The event forms part of the “70 Years of the Goethe-Institut Athen” programme.