Waldheims Waltzer (The Waldheim Waltz)
A film about truth and lies or “alternative facts”. Ruth Beckermann documents the process of uncovering former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim’s wartime past. It shows the swift succession of new allegations by the World Jewish Congress during his Austrian presidential campaign, the denial by the Austrian political class, the outbreak of anti-Semitism and patriotism, which finally led to his election. Created from international archive material and footage Beckermann shot at the time, the film analyses the collapse of the Austrian grand illusion: having been the first victim of the Nazis.
Presented by Ruth Beckermann
Ruth Beckermann: Ruth Beckermann was born in Vienna where she also spent her childhood. After her studies in journalism and history of art in Vienna, Tel Aviv and New York, she took her degree as Dr.phil in 1977 at the University of Vienna. She since contributed as a journalist to several Austrian and Swiss magazines.
In 1978 she (co-)founded the distribution company filmladen in which she was active for seven years. In this period Ruth Beckermann started to make films and to write books. Since 1985 she works as a writer and filmmaker.
Her film “The Dreamed Ones“ was selected at many international festivals and won several awards.
In 2018, Ruth Beckermann finished her latest film “The Waldheim Waltz“ and won, among other prices, the Glashütte-Original Documentary Award of the Berlin International Film Festival.
Berlin International Film Festival 2018: Documentary Award.
Thursday September 12th – 20.00h
Tuesday September 24th – 21.30h