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 mean- ing and boundaries of the human spirit and our hunger for adventure and discovery.
Christian Frei (born 1959 in Schönenwerd, Solothurn) is a Swiss filmmaker and film producer. He is mostly known for his films War Photographer (2001, Academy Award Nomination Best Documentary Feature), The Giant Buddhas (2005) and Space Tourists (2009). Since 2006, Frei has been an associate lecturer at the renowned University of St. Gallen. Since August 2010 he is president of the Swiss Film Academy.
2009, 98', color, video
Christian Frei, Andreas Winterstein
Edward Artemyev, Jan Garbarek
Christian Frei Filmproduktion GmbH, Schweizer Fernsehen ZDF/ARTE