Austria 2024, 118 min, German, Hebrew & English subtitles

A close look at a class in Vienna’s largest primary school—a microcosm of the social dynamics in today’s Europe. All the children are first- or second-generation immigrants whose first language is not German, and the values taught in the classroom often clash with what they know from home. Presiding over all of this fragile complexity is Ilkay, a patient teacher who manages to tap into the children’s potential and help them realize it by striking a balance between empathy and firmness. Filmmaker Ruth Beckermann follows the class for three years, offering an original, interesting—and just as importantly, heartwarming—perspective on Austrian society.

Previous Festivals: Berlinale

Screening Schedule:
  • Sat 25.05 | 16:30 | Cinematheque 1 | Filmmaker Present
  • Mon 27.05 | 13:30 | Cinematheque 2 | Filmmaker Present
  • יום ד' 29.05 | 20:30 | Cinematheque 4

The filmmaker and writer was born in Vienna, Austria. Her films include The Paper Bridge and East of War. Her film Those Who Go Those Who Stay won Best Documentary at the 2014 Diagonale in Graz. Two years later, The Dreamed Ones won Beat Feature Film at the same festival. The Waldheim Waltz received several prizes including the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award at the 2018 Berlinale and was also nominated as Austria’s entry for the Oscars. In 2022, MUTZENBACHER screened in the Encounters section of the Berlinale where it won the award for Best Film.

Script: Ruth Beckermann, Elisabeth Menasse
Editing: Dieter Pichler
Cinematography: Johannes Hammel

Supporters & Broadcasters: Austrian Cultural Forum Tel Aviv