The Waldheim waltz

Austria, 2018, 93’


Ruth Beckermann




Wide House


Ruth Beckermann


Ruth Beckermann Filmproduktion

THE WALDHEIM WALTZ is about truth and lies or “alternative facts”. About individual and collective consciousness. “Waldheim no!” shouts a crowd in the centre of Vienna in 1986. Ruth Beckermann was one of the activists trying to prevent the election of Kurt Waldheim and documented the political events. The film shows the tangled web that former UN Secretary General became ensnared in by concealing two years of his wartime biography, the swift succession of new allegations by the World Jewish Congress against him, the denial by the Austrian political class, the outbreak of anti-Semitism and patriotism, which finally led to his election.

2018 Berlin IFF (Germany) – Forum Section
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Ruth Beckermann

Born in Vienna in 1952. An Austrian writer and filmmaker. Studied journalism and history of art in Vienna, Tel Aviv and New York, took her PhD degree in 1977 at the University of Vienna. Contributed as a journalist to several Austrian and Swiss magazines. In 1978 she cofounded the distribution company “Filmladen”, in this period started to make films and to write books. Her film THE DREAMED ONES was selected at many international festivals and won several awards.

Selected filmography

2016 The Dreamed Ones