The Waldheim Waltz


Philadelphia Premiere
Date: Friday, November 16, 2018
Time: 2 PM
Location: Gershman Y

Director: Ruth Beckermann
Genre: Doc Feature
Country: Austria
Year: 2018
Running Time: 1 hr 33 min
Language: In German, English, and French with English subtitles

General Admission: $15
Seniors: $13
Students: FREE (*for our rules and regulations on Student tickets, click HERE)

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*Austria’s submission for the 2019 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

In this chilling and timely documentary, award-winning director Ruth Beckermann revisits the curious case of Kurt Waldheim, the former United Nations Secretary-General who faced serious allegations surrounding his Nazi military exploits during WWII. When Waldheim announced his bid for President of Austria in 1986, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) came forward with a shocking denouncement accusing Waldheim of having intelligence about the deportation of thousands of Greek Jews from Thessaloniki during the Holocaust. Despite being condemned by other countries’ governments and social justice organizations, Waldheim’s career was largely unaffected by the stains of his past. In refuting the veracity of these claims, Waldheim galvanized Austrian citizens on both sides of the political spectrum, inspiring protesters to take to the streets and the international media to turn their attention to Austria.

In light of America’s ever-widening political divide, THE WALDHEIM WALTZ is more relevant than ever. Edited entirely from archival footage (some of which was shot by the director herself), Beckermann’s film emphasizes the societal factors that contributed to Waldheim’s political influence and demonstrates the need for transparency and the collective accountability of nations.

Special Guests: Nick Pinkerton, NY Film Critic and Journalist for Sight & Sound, ArtForum, The Village Voice, Moving Image Source and


For Fans of:

  • Austrian cinema
  • Austrian political history
  • Documentaries
  • Political thrillers
  • Progressive politics
  • Ruth Beckermann
  • WWII history

Official Selection:

  • Berlin International Film Festival
  • Docaviv Film Festival
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival


  • Glasshütte Original Documentary Award – Berlin International Film Festival
  • Best International Film (Honorable Mention) – Docaviv Film Festival


  • “A timely and engagingly personal reminder of recent European history.” (Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter)
  • “Given the current whitewashing of national culpability in Nazi collaborations, The Waldheim Waltz has a sense of urgency as it revisits Kurt Waldheim’s cover-up.” (Jay Weissberg, Variety)
  • The Waldheim Waltz is, obviously, brutally relevant not only for its native Austria…but also for all world leaders who have the ghastly ability to somehow survive the fiercest and most upright scrutiny.” (Daniel Kasman, MUBI)

Screening with The Waldheim Waltz 

Philadelphia Premiere
Directed by Marshall Curry | Doc Short | USA | 2017 | 7 min | English

Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival, this chilling archival footage reveals the moments from an unprecedented event at Madison Square Garden in 1939 – a night when 20,000 Americans gathered to celebrate the rise of Nazism.

Sponsored by: Amy and Richard Oller

Official Selection:

  • New York Film Festival
  • Sundance Film Festival