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SPACE TOURISTS

Switzerland, 2009 (MIFF 2010, Documentaries)

Director: Christian Frei

How do you put a price on a dream?

Once the stuff of mere fantasy, then a symbol of the struggle between superpowers, space travel is now a possibility for anyone with a large enough bank balance. In the heart of Kazakhstan - nerve-centre of the cold war - a capitalist wonderland has emerged, the epicenter of a brave new commercial world.

Beautifully shot and featuring a soundtrack from Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek, filmmaker Christian Frei (War Photographer, The Giant Buddahs) charts a quirky trajectory through the hopes and failures of the space race. From shuttle-scavengers scouring the earth for fallen rocket parts, to an Iranian-American tycoon's extravagant adventure to the stars, Space Tourists weighs up the cost of following your dreams to infinity and beyond.

Winner of the World Cinema Directing Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

D/P Christian Frei WS Films Transit L English, Russian, Romanian w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2009

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