38th Berlin International Film Festival

The 38th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 12 to 23 February 1988.[2] The festival opened with musical film Linie 1 by Reinhard Hauff.[2] The Golden Bear was awarded to the Chinese film Red Sorghum directed by Zhang Yimou.[3]

38th Berlin International Film Festival
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Festival poster
Opening filmLinie 1
LocationWest Berlin, Germany
AwardsGolden Bear (Red Sorghum)
No. of films447 films[1]
Festival date12 – 23 February 1988

The retrospective was dedicated to colour films and it was titled The History of Colour Film.[4] Originally West German actor Gert Fröbe was selected as Jury President but later he had to decline due to illness, after which Moritz de Hadeln appointed the Italian film critic Guglielmo Biraghi as the Jury President.[2]


The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:[5]

Films in competitionEdit

The following films were in competition for the Golden Bear:[1]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Hunting Time Av Zamanı Erden Kıral Turkey
Broadcast News Broadcast News James L. Brooks USA
Verónico Cruz La deuda interna Miguel Pereira Argentina, United Kingdom
Bear Ye One Another's Burden Einer trage des anderen Last Lothar Warneke East Germany
Ground Zero Ground Zero Bruce Myles, Michael Pattinson Australia
The Felons Hudodelci Franci Slak Yugoslavia
Jarrapellejos Antonio Giménez-Rico Spain
Commissar Komissar Aleksandr Askoldov Soviet Union
Kung-Fu Master Agnès Varda France
Life Classes Life Classes William D. MacGillivray Canada
The Mother of Kings Matka Królów Janusz Zaorski Poland
Moonstruck Moonstruck Norman Jewison USA
Phera Buddhadeb Dasgupta India
The Possessed Les possédés Andrzej Wajda France
Red Sorghum Zhang Yimou China
Theophilos Lakis Papastathis Greece
Walker Walker Alex Cox USA, Mexico, Spain
Wohin? Herbert Achternbusch West Germany
Yasemin Yasemin Hark Bohm West Germany, Turkey

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.


1988 Retrospective poster, dedicated to Color Films[6]

The following films were shown in the retrospective titled "The History of Colour Film":[7]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
A Colour Box Len Lye United Kingdom
Late Autumn 秋日和 Akibiyori Yasujirō Ozu Japan
A Matter of Life and Death Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell United Kingdom
Anticipation of The Night Stan Brakhage USA
A Star Is Born William A. Wellman USA
Barry Lyndon Stanley Kubrick United Kingdom, USA
Black Narcissus Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell United Kingdom
Blood and Sand Rouben Mamoulian USA
The Wrestler and the Clown Борец и клоун Borets i kloun Boris Barnet and Konstantin Yudin Soviet Union
Brigadoon Vincente Minnelli USA
Concerning $1000 (unknown) USA
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Das Cabinett des Dr.Caligari Robert Wiene Germany
The Story of Little Mook: Tales from Europe Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck Wolfgang Staudte East Germany
Doctor X Michael Curtiz USA
Duel In The Sun King Vidor USA
Fantasia James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Ford Beebe Jr., Norman Ferguson, David Hand, Jim Handley, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Paul Satterfield and Ben Sharpsteen USA
For Whom the Bell Tolls Sam Wood USA
Gloria! Hollis Frampton USA
Gold Diggers of Broadway Roy Del Ruth USA
Gone To Earth Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell United Kingdom
Great Freedom No. 7 Große Freiheit Nr. 7 Helmut Käutner Germany
Gypsy Sweetheart Ralph Staub USA
The Nightingale Соловей-Соловушко Solovey-Solovushko Nikolai Ekk Soviet Union
House of Usher Roger Corman USA
Gate of Hell 地獄門 Jigokumon Teinosuke Kinugasa Japan
Johnny Guitar Nicholas Ray USA
Four Around a Woman Vier um die Frau Fritz Lang Germany
Carmen Comes Home カルメン故郷に帰る Karumen kokyō ni kaeru Keisuke Kinoshita Japan
King of Jazz John Murray Anderson USA
Composition in Blue Komposition in Blau Oskar Fischinger Germany
The Phantom Carriage Körkarlen Victor Sjöström Sweden
Circles Kreise Oskar Fischinger Germany
The Pretty Miller Girl La Belle Meunière Marcel Pagnol France
La Cucaracha Lloyd Corrigan USA
The Tree of Wooden Clogs L'albero d'egli zoccoli Ermanno Olmi Italy
The Red Balloon Le ballon rouge Albert Lamorisse France
The Inhuman Woman L'Inhumaine Marcel L'Herbier France
Lola Rainer Werner Fassbinder West Germany
Made in U.S.A. Jean-Luc Godard France
Märkische Fahrt Kurt Rupli Germany
Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress William Wyler USA
Moby Dick John Huston USA
Mode in Paris und Berlin vor dem 1. Weltkrieg (unknown) Germany
Muratti Marches On Muratti greift ein Oskar Fischinger Germany
Moulin Rouge John Huston United Kingdom
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Münchhausen Josef von Báky Germany
One From The Heart Francis Ford Coppola USA
On Parade George Pal United Kingdom
The Great Sacrifice Opfergang Veit Harlan Germany
Potsdam Potsdam (unknown) Germany
The Passenger Professione: reporter Michelangelo Antonioni Italy, Spain, France
Ramona Henry King USA
Senso Senso Luchino Visconti Italy
Serene Velocity Ernie Gehr USA
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon John Ford USA
Sons of Liberty Michael Curtiz USA
The Adventures of Robin Hood Michael Curtiz USA
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Norman Taurog USA
The Band Concert Wilfred Jackson USA
The Belle of New York Charles Walters USA
The Birth of The Robot Len Lye United Kingdom
English Harvest Humphrey Jennings United Kingdom
The Garden of Allah Richard Boleslawski USA
Mystery of the Wax Museum Michael Curtiz USA
The Quiet Man John Ford USA
The Red Shoes Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell United Kingdom
The River Le Fleuve Jean Renoir France, India, USA
The Sword of Monte Cristo Maurice Geraghty USA
The Toll of the Sea Chester M. Franklin USA
The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine Henry Hathaway USA
The Trouble with Harry Alfred Hitchcock USA
The Viking Roy William Neill USA
Three Little Pigs Burt Gillett USA
Unser Hindenburg (unknown) Germany
Way Down East David Wark Griffith USA
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Frank Tashlin USA


Zhang Yimou, winner of the Golden Bear at the event

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


  1. ^ a b "PROGRAMME 1988". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "38th Berlin International Film Festival". berlinale.de. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  3. ^ a b "PRIZES & HONOURS 1988". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 1 January 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  4. ^ "RETROSPECTIVE". Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  5. ^ "JURIES 1988". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  6. ^ "RETROSPECTIVE". Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  7. ^ "RETROSPECTIVE 1988". Retrieved 5 August 2014.

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