The Waldheim Waltz

Shapes of Memory
Ruth Beckermann
Austria
2018
93min
German, English, French

“Waldheim no, Waldheim no” shouts a crowd in the center of Vienna in 1986. Ruth Beckermann was one of the activists trying to prevent the election of Kurt Waldheim, and documented the political events with her camera. More than 30 years later, she revisits her archive and uses additional material to analyze this turning point in Austrian political culture. The film shows the web in which former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim became ensnared by concealing two years of his wartime biography. It analyses the collapse of the Austrian grand illusion: having been the first victim of the Nazis.

Projections: 
11.07. Wednesday 20:30
Művész
English & Hungarian Subtitles
11.08. Thursday 20:45
Kino
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Producer: 
Ruth Beckermann
Editor: 
Kurt Hennrich
Scriptwriter: 
Ruth Beckermann
Sound: 
Manuel Grandpierre
Rudi Pototschnig
Animation: 
David Pedro-Suarez
Distribution info: 
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Awards: 
Berlin Film Festival - Glashütte Original Documentary Award
Tel Aviv/Docaviv - Honorable Mention
Atlàntida Film Fest - Audience Award