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TICKET TO THE MOON

 

At a time when the U.S. and the Soviet Union were at the height of the Space Race, almost 100.000 space enthusiasts on both sides of the Iron Curtain became members of Pan Am‘s First Moon Flights Club and were put on their waiting list to once fly to the Moon. TICKET TO THE MOON meets some of those potential space travelers today and humorously tells their individual moon stories.

My family has a ticket to the moon. My grandfather got it in 1969 in Prague, at the “Pan Am“ – Pan American World Airways – office. At a time when the U.S. and the Soviet Union were at the height of the Space Race, almost 100.000 space enthusiasts on both sides of the Iron Curtain became members of Pan Am‘s First Moon Flights Club and were put on their waiting list. The film TICKET TO THE MOON meets some of those potential space travelers today and humorously tells their individual moon stories.

Following my grandfather Zlatěk Marš.k and other club members we will understand the dreams and hopes they had in the troubled times of the Cold War.
The club members came from all over the world, including the former Eastern Bloc. Our protagonists are those who bought a ticket – moon travelers from the East and the West: Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, the U.S. or Iceland. Their motivation for signing up is as diverse as the global political situation in the 60s and we will draw an image of the hopes people back then had in the utopia of space.
We want to find out: What did the mere thought and imagination of a trip to the moon mean to these people – on both sides of the Iron Curtain? What were they imagining to find? With the film, we will take a trip to the moon through the imagination of the ticket holders – and we will land on their moon, the one they imagined.

By showing personal encounters and using footage from private and public archives, we will tell the stories of private space utopias our protagonists had during the Cold War. Through the “private utopias“, the film will build connections to our world today. We want to explore how this is relevant for us now: Are the “Moon” generation’s dreams and aspirations the same as ours? Or did they transform into something totally new?

Today, 50 years after the Apollo 11 mission, we know exactly what the moon looks like, yet we are still dreaming about space, setting off for various missions – moon, mars and further on.

CREW
Director: Veronika Jantaková
Script: Veronika Jantaková
Co-director & Camera: Piotr Rosolowski
Editor: Till Steinmetz
Producer: Stefan Kloos
Production: Kloos & Co Medien
Coproduction: Pandistan, ZDF/ARTE
Sales: Rise and Shine World Sales

INFO

Documentary, Germany/ Czech Republic 2019 (80min. / 52 min.)
Director: Veronika Jantaková
Script: Veronika Jantaková
Co-director & Camera: Piotr Rosolowski
Producer: Stefan Kloos
Production: Kloos & Co Medien