Festival of Austrian Film
April 4–9, 2024, Graz

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You Only Die Twice
Documentary Film, IL/AT/DE 2018, Farbe, 88 min., OmdU
Diagonale 2019

Director: Yair Lev
Script: Yair Lev, David Deri
Camera: David Deri
Editor: Yaniv Rize Sheffy
Location Sound: Idan Shemesh, Nora Czamler, Johannes Winkler
Music: Jonathan Bar-Giora
Sounddesign: Lukas Spielvogel
Additional Credits: Recherche: Niko Hofinger
Producers: Markus Glaser, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Michael Kitzberger, David Deri
Production: NGF Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH
Co-production: D&D Productions, Israel


A thriller-like story: Ernst Beschinsky, born in 1902 in Vienna, died in Tel Aviv in 1969. When a death certificate surfaces confirming Beschinsky’s death in Tyrol in 1987, his grandson, the Israeli filmmaker Yair Lev, sets off to trace his trail to Austria. Were there two Ernst Beschinskys? Did the one surreptitiously take on the identity of the other after World War II? A documentary that is equally captivating and touching, full of baffling twists. Too unbelievable to have been made up.