Ruth Beckermann

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With her documentaries and essay films since the late 1970s, Viennese filmmaker Ruth Beckermann has created an exciting and widely recognized body of personal/political cinema. Her work reflects on the relations between history and contemporaneity, on her life as a Jewish woman in postwar Austria and Europe, and on travelling and migration as modes of staying alive - literally as well as artistically. Beckermann's films speak about identity conflicts and the class struggle (Suddenly, a Strike), about her family history in the Habsburg monarchy (The Paper Bridge) and the war generation as it confronts itself with the crimes of the Werhrmacht (East of War). Most recently, she has turned her sights toward the deep love affair between two poets, Paul Celan und Ingeborg Bachmann, in 1950s Vienna (The Dreamed Ones).

This is the first book about Ruth Beckermann's multifaceted oeuvre, with original essays by Bert Rebhandl, Ina Hartwig, Georg Stefan Troller, Olga Neuwirth, Christoph Ransmayr, Cristina Nord, Armin Thurnher, Christa Blümlinger, Jean Perret, and Alice Leroy, as well as rare illustrations and documents. An in-depth conversation with the artist and four of her own essays are also part of the book, including reflections about her current project: The Case of Kurt Waldheim.
 
Ruth Beckermann
Edited by Alexander Horwath, Michael Omasta
FilmmuseumSynemaPublikationen Vol. 29
Vienna 2016, 192 pages, in German
ISBN 978-3-901644-68-9
Table of Contents - Ruth Beckermann (PDF)

All publications by the Austrian Film Museum are distributed internationally by Columbia University Press.
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