Glashütte Original – Documentary Award goes to "The Waldheim Waltz"
The Austrian production "THE WALDHEIM WALTZ" is the winner of the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award at the 68th Berlinale. Director and producer Ruth Beckermann accepted the 50,000 Euro award Saturday evening during the official award ceremony in the Berlinale Palast. In the presence of a live audience of 1,600 guests in the theatre and hundreds of thousands watching a live television broadcast, the jury members Cíntia Gil, Ulrike Ottinger and Eric Schlosser presented the award to the very happy filmmaker "for her exceptional cinematic portrait of a political liar". In her emotional acceptance speech, Ruth Beckermann said, "I am overwhelmed. As a maker of documentaries, one seldom stands in the limelight like this. I thank the Forum, for having selected this film. And I thank everyone who supported it – above all my team, who worked with me for such a long time on it. I am very happy about the award and this success, but there is also the bitter taste of knowing that something that happened 30 years ago is so relevant today."
The Award Ceremony proved a worthy finale for a brilliant Festival that saw principal partner Glashütte Original contribute numerous highlights and "Capital Moments". The inspiring locations in and around Potsdamer Platz served us as an exceptional stage for the presentation of our special edition, "Senator Chronograph – The Capital Edition". Whether on the Red Carpet, at receptions, in meetings or during interviews with the press, the three strictly limited editions in stainless steel, red gold and platinum celebrated a successful premiere and proved excellent companions for confidently stylish filmmakers and visitors.
Once again, we hosted our guests in the exclusive Golden Bear Lounge, directly opposite the Red Carpet and one of the Berlinale's most important meeting points. Every day Glashütte Original welcomed, along with customers and partners of the manufactory, film and media industry creatives, journalists, filmmakers and watch connoisseurs from around the world. "In these festive days Berlin is always the world capital of the cinema – we wish to join in the discussions here, and make ourselves known. We've succeeded in doing both this year," said CEO Thomas Meier. "The Golden Bear Lounge proved to be an attraction for some of the most exciting players at the Berlinale – and the perfect location to present our watches and our brand to an international audience."