23rd Festival Films

The Waldheim Waltz (Waldheims Walzer)

© Ruth Beckermann
© Ruth Beckermann

Wed. March 13, 2019 8:00 p.m.
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco
93 min. Austria (2018) BD.
German, French, and English w/ English subtitles

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Director: Ruth Beckermann
US Distributor: Menemsha Films

Austria's official entry to the 2019 Academy Awards. Winner of the Glashütte Original - Documentary Award at the 2018 Berlinale

Ruth Beckermann documents the process of uncovering former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheims 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 what Beckermann shot at the time, the film shows that history repeats itself time and time again.