Watermarks

Watermarks

Watermarks

The story of the champion women swimmers of a legendary Jewish sports club, Hakoah Vienna. Hakoah ("The Strength" in Hebrew) was founded in 1909 in response to Austrian sports clubs refusing to accept Jewish athletes. Its founders were eager to popularize sport among a community renowned for such great minds as Freud, Mahler and Zweig, but traditionally alien to physical recreation. Hakoah rapidly grew into one of Europe's biggest athletic clubs.

In the 1930s Hakoah's became famous for its women swimmers, champions in their sport who dominated national competitions in Austria. In 1938, the Nazis shut down the club, but the swimmers all managed to flee the country before the war broke out thanks to an escape operation initiated by Hakoah's functionaries. Sixty-five years later, documentarian Yaron Zilberman meets the members of the swimming team in their homes around the world, and arranges for them to have a reunion in their old swimming pool in Vienna.

2006Rating: PG86 minsFrance, Israel, USAEnglish, German & Hebrew (with English subtitles)
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Variety

Variety

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The athletes of Vienna's Hakoah sports club who, now aged between 81 and 107, are the inspiring stars of "Watermarks." A snappy, affecting documentary...

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New York Daily News

New York Daily News

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As documentaries go, Watermarks is nothing special. But the women who inhabit it are sensational...

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Yaron Zilberman's wonderful, heartwarming "Watermarks" covers a lot of territory — spanning the 20th century and visiting many countries — but it's the emotional terrain that counts...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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The Jews of early 20th century Austria might best be known for intellectual achievements, but documaker Yaron Zilberman shows in "Watermarks" that they made a splash as accomplished athletes, too. The excellent film combines a wealth of archival material with the reminiscences of an unforgettable group of octogenarian women who were champion swimmers when Hitler annexed Austria in 1938...

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Variety

Variety

press

The athletes of Vienna's Hakoah sports club who, now aged between 81 and 107, are the inspiring stars of "Watermarks." A snappy, affecting documentary...

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New York Daily News

New York Daily News

press

As documentaries go, Watermarks is nothing special. But the women who inhabit it are sensational...

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Yaron Zilberman's wonderful, heartwarming "Watermarks" covers a lot of territory — spanning the 20th century and visiting many countries — but it's the emotional terrain that counts...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The Jews of early 20th century Austria might best be known for intellectual achievements, but documaker Yaron Zilberman shows in "Watermarks" that they made a splash as accomplished athletes, too. The excellent film combines a wealth of archival material with the reminiscences of an unforgettable group of octogenarian women who were champion swimmers when Hitler annexed Austria in 1938...

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