Ruth Beckermann, host of Artists in Discourse 2019: “I like the short, intensive contact of an interview situation: it’s like a one-night stand, and then you’re gone.” Alexander Horwath (former director of the Viennale and of the Austrian Film Museum) in conversation with the documentary film-maker who stands for political cinema well beyond Austria.
Writer and Filmmaker, Vienna
| ||Ruth Beckermann 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 took her degree as Dr.phil in 1977 at the University of Vienna. She since contributed as a journalist to several Austrian and Swiss magazines. In 1978 she (co-)founded the distribution company filmladen in which she was active for seven years. In this period Ruth Beckermann started to make films and to write books. Since 1985 she works 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 prices, the Glashütte-Original Documentary Award of the Berlin International Film Festival.|
Writer, Curator and Film Historian, Vienna
| ||Alexander Horwath, born in 1964, is a writer and curator. He is the former director of the Austrian Film Museum (2002-17) and of the Viennale – Vienna International Film Festival (1992-97). He also curated the documenta 12 film programme (2007) in Kassel. Starting out as a critic in 1985, he has published articles on film- and art-related topics in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, the U.S., Australia, the Netherlands, and Great Britain. As a curator and festival consultant, he has worked with the Biennale di Venezia, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Locarno Film Festival, among others, and has lectured on film at universities and cultural institutions in Austria and internationally. His publications as author and (co-)editor include books on topics such as Film Curatorship, New Hollywood Cinema, Avant-garde Film and on filmmakers such as Michael Haneke, Josef von Sternberg, and Ruth Beckermann. He is a board member of the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna, and a member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.|