28th Berlin International Film Festival
The 28th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 22 February to 5 March 1978. Director Wolf Donner successfully managed to shift the festival's date from June to February, a change which has remained ever since. This was the first year the festival was held in February. 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.
|Opening film||Opening Night|
|Closing film||Close Encounters of the Third Kind|
|Location||West Berlin, Germany|
|Awards||Golden Bear (Ascensor, What Max Said, Las truchas)|
|Festival date||22 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.
A new section for children was introduced at the festival. 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".
The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:
- Patricia Highsmith, writer (United States) - Jury President
- Sergio Leone, director, screenwriter and producer (Italy)
- Theodoros Angelopoulos, director, screenwriter and producer (Greece)
- Jacques Rozier, director and screenwriter (France)
- Konrad Wolf, director and screenwriter (East Germany)
- Frieda Grafe, essayist and film critic (West Germany)
- Antonio Eceiza, director and screenwriter (Spain)
- Ana Carolina Teixeira Soares, director and screenwriter (Brazil)
- Larisa Shepitko, director and screenwriter (Soviet Union)
Films in competitionEdit
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.
The following films were shown in the retrospective dedicated to Marlene Dietrich (Part 2):
|English title||Original title||Director(s)||Country|
|Black Fox: The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler||Louis Clyde Stoumen||USA|
|Destry Rides Again||George Marshall||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|
|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:
- Golden Bear:
- Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize: A Queda by Ruy Guerra, Nelson Xavier
- Silver Bear for Best Director: Georgi Djulgerov for Avantazh
- Silver Bear for Best Actress: Gena Rowlands for Opening Night
- Silver Bear for Best Actor: Craig Russell for Outrageous!
- Silver Bear for an outstanding artistic contribution:
- Special Recognition: Deutschland im Herbst
- FIPRESCI Award
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