The Waldheim Waltz

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RUTH BECKERMANN AND THE WALDHEIM WALTZ

By José Sarmiento

Ruth Beckermann’s last film, The Waldheim Waltz, it’s a rotund denunciation of Austrian former president Kurt Waldheim and his troublesome past with the former German National Socialist Party (the Nazi party) but, beyond that, is a profound gaze on how right wing politics are making a comeback in some European nations, and how people have or are basically forgotten crucial parts of the past. In this context, Desistfilm managed to interview her after the premiere of this important work.

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CINÉMA DU RÉEL 2018: THE WALDHEIM WALTZ BY RUTH BECKERMANN

By Mónica Delgado

For a time now, some European political estates, like Polish or Hungarian, have been giving their version of history, in a scandalous revisionism, even proposing new legislations that claim their innocence regarding any link and responsibility of Nazi horror during World War II. A while ago, media headlines informed about some Polish politicians, denying the existence of concentration camps in the country at war times, or who signaled that there were as much “polish perpetrators as Jewish ones”, distorting the facts and posing a sort of tabula rasa.

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CINÉMA DU RÉEL 2018: THE WALDHEIM WALTZ DE RUTH BECKERMANN

Por Mónica Delgado

La cineasta austriaca Ruth Beckermann recoge parte de este debate político pero lo hace a partir de la indagación de una de las figuras que precisamente hizo ingrediente de su campaña electoral este tipo de blanqueamiento histórico. De la mano de puro material de archivo, en torno al proceso electoral que vivió su país en 1984, la cineasta desnuda en The Waldheim Waltz, las acusaciones en contra del ex secretario general de la ONU y ex presidente austríaco Kurt Waldheim y su pasado nazi.

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