The Waldheim Waltz


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Nov 30, 2018 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Mon, Dec 3, 2018 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Dec 4, 2018 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, Dec 5, 2018 4:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2018
Run Time:93 minutes
Production Country:Austria
Original Language:German, English, French
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ruth Beckermann


“The Waldheim Waltz” is Austria’s official entry for the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 2019 Oscars.

Lies. Truth. Alternative Facts. The film analyses the uncovering of former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim’s wartime past by the World Jewish Congress. Created from archive material “The Waldheim Waltz” shows the successful use of anti-Semitism and populist propaganda.

When former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim ran for the presidency of Austria in 1986, he was suddenly haunted by the re-emergence of specters from his Nazi past, vehemently and disingenuously denied.

Using archival TV material and her own vintage video footage of anti-Waldheim rallies which show anti-Semitism alive and well in the Europe of the mid-‘80s, Ruth Beckermann narrates this scintillating film, in which the combination of bald-faced lying by public figures, anti-media animus, and populist bully tactics speak all too clearly to our present moment.

“Fascinating, provocative work. While the film recounts events three decades ago, it couldn’t be more relevant today." — Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

“Thanks to her smart narration — clear, impassioned but never polemical — and the astute way she allows exceptional footage to play out to its full extent, ‘The Waldheim Waltz’ has a sense of urgency made more pressing given political developments not just in Austria but Poland and Hungary as well." — Jay Weissberg, Variety

“Thanks to its timely theme and engaging personal angle, this prize-winning Berlinale premiere is a pleasingly personal breakdown of a fascinating episode in recent European history, tightly composed and crisply edited, with an appealing undertow of dry humor and some cautionary lessons for modern voters.” — Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

“Astonishing! Equally pertinent to today's public discourse, ‘The Waldheim Waltz’ makes for a complex and impassioned portrait of one society's state of mind." — Tina Poglajen, Film Comment