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Houston, We Have a Problem!

Spring Grant 2015 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

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Žiga Virc / Feature Narrative / Slovenia, Germany, Croatia, Qatar / 2015 / 86 min / Colour and B&W / Original Language: English, Serbo-Croatian / Interests: Drama, Thriller, Docufiction


In 1948, a space programme was established in Yugoslavia, based on the diaries and technical plans of space pioneer Herman Potočnik Noordung. After a 50-year absence, the former space engineer Ivan returns to the former Yugoslavia. Through his position as a senior engineer, he reveals how the Yugoslav space programme was developed and sold to the USA. The story of the film is based on real ¬life facts and inspired by real events.


Ziga Virc
Bostjan Virc
Bostjan Virc

About the Director

Film and television director Žiga Virc was born in 1987 and graduated from the Academy of Theatre, Radio and Television in Ljubljana. He was voted a finalist for the Best Foreign Short Film for the Student Academy Awards in 2010, for his short film ‘Trieste Is Ours!’ Virc has directed numerous commercials, documentary and fiction films, for which he has received numerous awards. His work combines a dramatic visual style with a detailed approach to narrative structure, which makes it appealing to a broad audience.

Production Company Profile

Established in 1992, Studio Virc is a family-run video, film and television production company. The company is based in Slovenia, but operates throughout Europe and the Middle East on both commercial and artistic projects. For 20 years, Studio Virc primarily produced documentary films for RTV Slovenija, and corporate films and advertisements for international clients. However, after director Ziga Virc was nominated for the Student Academy Award for Best Foreign Short Film in 2010 for ‘Trieste Is Ours!’, Studio Virc has taken bold steps into the international film arena. Co-produced by Nukleus Film and Sutor Kolonko, ‘Houston, We Have a Problem!’ is the company’s first feature film with a complex financial and production structure. Studio Virc retained the role of main producer and successfully shot the film over 47 days in eight countries on three continents.

Awards and Festival History


Tribeca Film Festival 2016, Viewpoints (WP)
BFI London Film Festival 2016
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016, East of the West Competition
Zurich Film Festival 2016, International Documentary Film Competition
IDFA 2016
Warsaw Film Festival


Slovenia's Official Submission for the 2017 Academy Awards - Best Foreign Language Film Race
Best Feature, Best Actor and Best Editing, Festival of Slovenian Film 2016


  • Director

    Žiga Virc


  • Main Contact

    Boštjan Virc

    Studio Virc
    +386 4168 9463

  • Production Company

    Studio Virc

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