DOCUMENTARY

Waldheims Walzer

The Waldheim Waltz

Ruth Beckermann
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.
Technical Data
Running time: 93
Format: digital
Screen ratio: 4:3 (1:1.89 pillarboxed)
Language spoken: German, English, French
Production year: 2018
Credits
Director(s): Ruth Beckermann
Writer(s): Ruth Beckermann
Cinematographer(s): compilation film
Producer: Ruth Beckermann
Premiere: Berlin (Forum)
Awards (selection): Glashütte Original Documentary Award (Berlin), Premio 14° Play Doc (Tui), Honorable Mention (Tel Aviv/Docaviv), Audience Award (Atlàntida)
Production company
Ruth Beckermann Filmproduktion
Marc-Aurel-Straße 5/10
1010 Vienna
tel:+43 699 115 074 98
International Sales
Wide House
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75009 Paris
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THE WALDHEIM WALTZ wins at Play Doc

Ruth Beckermann’s Berlinale winner THE WALDHEIM WALTZ  took the main award together with Pablo Sigg’s Lamaland (part I). at the 14th PLAY DOC festival where both films had celebrated their Spanish premiere. The film sets the Waldheim affair in a bigger international political context, yet 30 years on, it is dauntingly timely”, stated the jury.