At center stage are two poets who came to know each other in post-war Vienna. Their vivid postal exchange creates the textual basis of the film. Two young actors meet in a recording studio to read the letters. The tumultuous emotions of proximity and distance, fascination and fear, captivate them. However, they also enjoy each other’s company, arguing, smoking, discussing their tattoos and favourite music.
- Cinéma du Réel - SCAM International Award (2016)
- Bildrausch Film Festival - Bildrausch Ring of Filmart (2016)
- Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film - Best Austrian Feature Film (2016)
- FilmMakerFest Milano - First Prize, Concorso Internazionale (2016)
- Berlinale (2016)
- Iran Documentary Film Festival (2017)
- Portland International Film Festival (2017)
- États généraux du film documentaire (2017)
- Luxembourg City Film Festival (2018)
She was born in Vienna where she also spent her childhood. After her studies in journalism and history of art in Vienna, Tel Aviv and New York, she got her PhD degree in 1977 at the University of Vienna. She has since contributed as a journalist to several Austrian and Swiss magazines.
In 1978 she (co-)founded the distribution company Filmladen, where she was active for seven years. During this period, Ruth Beckermann started to make films and write books. Since 1985 she has been working as a writer and filmmaker. Her film The Dreamed Ones was selected at many international festivals and won several awards. In 2018, Ruth Beckermann finished her latest film The Waldheim Waltz and won, among other awards, the Glashütte-Original Documentary Award from the Berlin International Film Festival.
Filmography: The Dreamed Ones (2016); The Missing Image (2015); Those Who Go Those Who Stay (2013); Jackson/Marker 4am (2012); American Passages (2011); Mozart Enigma (2006); Zorros Bar Mizwa (2006); Homemad(E) (2001); A Fleeting Passage to the Orient (1999); East of War (1996); Towards Jerusalem (1991); Paper Bridge (1987); Return to Vienna (1984); The Steel Hammer Out There on the Grass (1981); Suddenly, a Streik (1978); Arena Squatted (1977).