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23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Waldheim Waltz
The Waldheim Waltz
The Waldheim Waltz
The Waldheim Waltz

The Waldheim Waltz

director: Ruth Beckermann
original title: Waldheims Walzer
country: Austria
year: 2018
running time: 93 min.

synopsis

A cinematic memoir of a time when the Austrian nation underwent a deep crisis of identity. The 1986 presidential elections were marked by the revelation that one of the candidates, former UN general secretary Kurt Waldheim, had lied about his activities during the Second World War. A cinematic exploration of the relationship between memory and the past as a sign of the times.

biography

Ruth Beckermann (1952) studied journalism and art history in Vienna, Tel Aviv, and New York. The Ji.hlava IDFF has previously shown her films Homemad(e) (2011) and The Dreamed Ones (2016).

more about film

director: Ruth Beckermann
producer: Ruth Beckermann
editing: Dieter Pichler

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