An intriguing and masterfully crafted docu-fiction which explores the myth of the secret multi-billion-dollar deal behind America’s purchase of Yugoslavia’s clandestine space program in the early 1960s.
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. Did Yugoslavia have a space programme, sold by Tito to the US in a multi-million-dollar deal? Using a wealth of archive footage and modern-day interviews, the film brings together all the strands of the myth through an eyewitness account from Ivan, a senior space engineer. In between the blurred lines of reality and fiction, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek asks the billion-dollar question: ‘’What is truth?’’. A fascinating debut feature by Ziga Verc which tells a symbolic story of the rise and fall of Yugoslavia, manipulation, dirty political games and media construction. The film received the Vesna Award for Best Feature at the Festival of Slovenian Film, became the Slovenian candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and was the first original HBO production in the Adria region.
- Ziga Virc
- Slovenië, Kroatië, Duitsland, Tsjechië, Qatar