Made by: Christian Frei
Languages: English, Russian und Romanian; Subtitle: Deutsch, English, French
In his most recent work, Christian Frei turns to an age-old dream of man: to leave our planet as a «normal person» and travel into outer space. For 20 million dollars, the American Anousheh Ansari was able to fulfil this childhood dream. This documentary follows her journey into space and shows everyday life as it is on the International Space Station.
Sundance 2010: World Cinema Directing Award
Frei's film takes a humorous and laconic view of the way billionaires depart our planet earth to travel into outer space for fun. SPACE TOURISTS succeeds in surprising its audience with images and situations that have very little to do with the futuristic fantasy of “space-tourism”. The filmmaker sets up encounters with the least likely people imaginable: places even stranger and more unknown than outer space itself. The film investigates the emotional oscillations of an expensive enterprise and questions the meaning and boundaries of the human spirit and our hunger for adventure and discovery.