WaRis - Tiroler Filmarchiv

About us and our archive

We are Helma Türk and Dr. Christian Riml, whose father was the tyrolean cameraman and actor

Walter Riml, born in Innsbruck. Walter Rimls estate and legacy are the basis of our archive.

  The name "WaRis" derives from the two first letters of his name. We would like to underline that

our archive is a private collection. Because of the amount of these documents we decided to

make a time limit of our collection until the early 70ies.

  Our archive also contens the estate of Gustav "Guzzi" Lantschner an actor and famous

Tyrolean ski star of the 30ies. In the last year we got the offer to receive the estate of Tyrolean

actor, moderator, author and peace activist Dietmar Schoenherr and his wife, the Danish actress,

singer, moderator, designer and artist Vivi Bach


Our wish and aim is that the tyrolean film history should not be forgotten.

Therefore we curated different exhibitions and made intense research oft the tyrolean film

history. Our research was also basis for several academic publications.

  We maintain contact to national and international film archives and work together with film

technicians in diverse sectors. Our knowledge is also in demand by authors of books and films

and our advice is also demanded by filmproductions.

  More about our extensive archive you can find HERE 

  The photogallery below informs you about our work. Have a look!

Christian Riml was born in Innsbruck, Austria in 1949. 

  After graduating high school he worked as a film production assistant, most notably in James Clavell’s “The Last Valley” and Steve McQueen's “Le Mans”. He later earned his doctorate in business administration. 

  During his studies in Innsbruck he worked as a freelance journalist and also as a press-photographer. Christian went on to work as an International PR & Hospitality Manager for the Swarovski company in Wattens/Tyrol, Austria, remaining there for over 25 years. 

  Dr. Christian Riml lives in the Tyrol and Bavaria.

Helma Türk lives and works in Bavaria/Germany. Christian Riml made her aware of Walter Riml’s unique cinematic heritage. 

  On the occasion of Walter Riml’s 100th birthday Helma Türk created her first cinematic exhibition: “A Walter Riml retrospective”. Other exhibitions about Tyrol’s film history and an exhibition about Ernst Baumann, one of Luis Trenker’s still photographers, followed. 

  In 2008 Helma Türk published her research concerning Tyrol’s film history in the book “Filmland Tirol! – Eine Reise durch Tirols Filmgeschichte”.


  In 2013 she published a selection of thitherto photos of the shooting of "The Great Escape" (1962), which where taken by former 2nd unit cameraman Walter Riml. The book "Behind the scenes... The Great Escape", written in English and German was her second book about film history.


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