Ruth Beckermann’s film is Austria’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Oscars. The film documents the process of uncovering former UN Secretary-General and Austrian Federal President Kurt Waldheim’s wartime past. It shows the swift succession of new allegations by the World Jewish Congress during his Austrian presidential campaign, the denial by the Austrian political class, the outbreak of anti-Semitism and patriotism, which finally led to his election. Created from international archive material and what Beckermann shot at the time, the film analyses the collapse of the Austrian grand illusion: having been the first victim of the Nazis.
Austria, 2018, 93 min, English, German and French with English subtitles, directed by Ruth Beckermann