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: 1:1.85 pillarboxed
Language spoken: German, English, French
Production year: 2018
Director(s): Ruth Beckermann
Writer(s): Ruth Beckermann
Cinematography: compilation film
Editing: Dieter Pichler
Producer: Ruth Beckermann
February 17, 2018
Berlin (Forum)
Awards (selection): Glashütte Original Documentary Award (Berlin), Premio 14° Play Doc (Tui), Honorable Mention (Tel Aviv/Docaviv), Audience Award (Atlàntida), Franz Grabner Award 2019
Production company
Ruth Beckermann Filmproduktion
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1010 Vienna
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International Sales
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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.