28th Berlin International Film Festival

The 28th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 22 February to 5 March 1978.[1] Director Wolf Donner successfully managed to shift the festival's date from June to February, a change which has remained ever since.[2] This was the first year the festival was held in February.[1] The festival opened with Opening Night by John Cassavetes and closed with Steven Spielberg's out of competition film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

28th Berlin International Film Festival
28th Berlin International Film Festival poster.jpg
Festival poster
Opening filmOpening Night
Closing filmClose Encounters of the Third Kind
LocationWest Berlin, Germany
AwardsGolden Bear (Ascensor, What Max Said, Las truchas)
Festival date22 February – 5 March 1978

The jury awarded the Golden Bear to Spain for its contribution to the festival. The three Spanish films which were screened at the festival and won it were short film Ascensor directed by Tomás Muñoz and feature films La palabras de Max by Emilio Martínez Lázaro and Las truchas by José Luis García Sánchez.[3]

A new section for children was introduced at the festival.[4] The Part 2 of the retrospective dedicated to West German actress Marlene Dietrich was shown at the festival as well as the retrospective called "Censorship – Banned German Films 1933-1945".[5]


Patricia Highsmith, Jury President

The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:[6]

Films in competitionEdit

The following films were in competition for the Golden Bear award:[7]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
The Fall A Queda Ruy Guerra and Nelson Xavier Brazil
My Father's Happy Years Apám néhány boldog éve Sándor Simó Hungary
Advantage Авантаж Avantazh Georgi Djulgerov Bulgaria
Lone Wolf Бирю́к Biryuk Roman Balayan Soviet Union
The Brothers Lionheart Bröderna Lejonhjärta Olle Hellbom Sweden
Co jsme udělali slepicím Josef Hekrdle and Vladimír Jiránek Czechoslovakia
The Contraption James Dearden United Kingdom
Germany in Autumn Deutschland im Herbst Alf Brustellin, Hans Peter Cloos, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alexander Kluge, Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus, Maximiliane Mainka, Edgar Reitz, Katja Rupé, Volker Schlöndorff, Peter Schubert and Bernhard Sinkel West Germany
The Teacher El brigadista Octavio Cortázar Cuba
אסקימו לימון‎ Eskimo Limon Boaz Davidson Israel
Flaming Hearts Flammende Herzen Walter Bockmayer and Rolf Bührmann West Germany
Paper Flowers Flores de papel Gabriel Retes Mexico
Jörg Ratgeb – Painter Jörg Ratgeb – Maler Bernhard Stephan East Germany
A Night Full of Rain La fine del mondo nel nostro solito letto in una notte piena di pioggia Lina Wertmüller Italy, USA
Ascensor Tomás Muñoz Spain
What Max Said La palabras de Max Emilio Martínez-Lázaro Spain
Trout Las truchas José Luis García Sánchez Spain
Moritz, Dear Moritz Moritz, lieber Moritz Hark Bohm West Germany
Opening Night John Cassavetes USA
Outrageous! Richard Benner Canada
The Dog Who Loved Trains Pas koji je voleo vozove Goran Paskaljević Yugoslavia
Rhinegold Niklaus Schilling West Germany
The Serpent's Egg Ingmar Bergman USA, West Germany
Shatranj Ke Khilari Satyajit Ray India
Death of a President Śmierć prezydenta Jerzy Kawalerowicz Poland
The Far Road 遠い一本の道 Toi ippon no michi Sachiko Hidari Japan
One Page of Love Une page d'amour Maurice Rabinowicz Belgium, France
Une vieille soupière Michel Longuet France

Out of competitionEdit


Winner of the main award for best film in its section
The opening and closing films are screened during the opening and closing ceremonies respectively.


1978 Retrospective poster featuring Marlene Dietrich

The following films were shown in the retrospective dedicated to Marlene Dietrich (Part 2):

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Angel Ernst Lubitsch USA
Black Fox: The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler Louis Clyde Stoumen USA
Destry Rides Again George Marshall USA
Desire Frank Borzage USA
Leap Into Life Der Sprung ins Leben Johannes Guter Germany
The Woman One Longs For Die Frau, nach der man sich sehnt Curtis Bernhardt Germany
Kismet William Dieterle USA
No Highway in the Sky Henry Koster United Kingdom
Rancho Notorious Fritz Lang USA
The Flame of New Orleans René Clair USA
The Garden of Allah Richard Boleslawski USA
Touch of Evil Orson Welles USA


The following prizes were awarded by the Jury:[3]


  1. ^ a b "28th Berlin International Film Festival". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 26 August 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
  2. ^ Langford, Michelle (2012). Directory of World Cinema: Germany. 9. Bristol, UK / Chicago, USA: Intellect. p. 30. ISBN 978-1-84150-465-0.
  3. ^ a b "PRIZES & HONOURS 1978". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Berlinale beginnings". Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  5. ^ "RETROSPECTIVE". Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  6. ^ "JURIES 1978". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Germany in Autumn". zeit.de. Retrieved 8 June 2014.

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