Open main menu

The Golden Bear (German: Goldener Bär) is the highest prize awarded for the best film at the Berlin International Film Festival. The bear is the heraldic animal of Berlin, featured on both the coat of arms and flag of Berlin. The winners of the first Berlin International Film Festival in 1951 were determined by a German panel, and there were five winners of the Golden Bear, divided by categories and genres.[1] Between 1952 and 1955, the winners of the Golden Bear were determined by the audience members.[2] In 1956, the FIAPF (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films) formally accredited the festival, and since then the Golden Bear has been awarded by an international jury.[2]

Golden Bear (Goldener Bär)
Golden Bear size 1.jpg
Presented byBerlin International Film Festival
First awarded1951


Golden BearEdit

Year Film Original Title Director Country
1951 - German jury vote
1951 Four in a Jeep (Golden Bear Drama) Die Vier im Jeep Leopold Lindtberg Switzerland
Without Leaving an Address (Golden Bear Comedies) ...Sans laisser d'adresse Jean-Paul Le Chanois France
In Beaver Valley (Golden Bear Documentaries) James Algar United States
Justice Is Done (Golden Bear Thrillers & Adventures) Justice est faite André Cayatte France
Cinderella (Golden Bear Music Film) Wilfred Jackson United States
1952-1955 - Audience Vote
1952 One Summer of Happiness Hon dansade en sommar Arne Mattsson Sweden
1953 The Wages of Fear Le salaire de la peur Henri-Georges Clouzot France
1954 Hobson's Choice David Lean United Kingdom
1955 The Rats Die Ratten Robert Siodmak West Germany
1956-present - International Jury
1956 Invitation to the Dance Gene Kelly United States
1957 12 Angry Men Sidney Lumet United States
1958 Wild Strawberries Smultronstället Ingmar Bergman Sweden
1959 The Cousins Les cousins Claude Chabrol France
1960 El Lazarillo de Tormes César Fernández Ardavín Spain
1961 The Night La notte Michelangelo Antonioni Italy
1962 A Kind of Loving John Schlesinger United Kingdom
1963 To Bed or Not to Bed (Tie) Il diavolo Gian Luigi Polidoro Italy
Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai (Tie) Bushidō zankoku monogatari Tadashi Imai Japan
1964 Dry Summer Susuz yaz Metin Erksan Turkey
1965 Alphaville Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution Jean-Luc Godard France
1966 Cul-de-Sac Roman Polanski United Kingdom
1967 The Departure Le départ Jerzy Skolimowski Belgium
1968 Who Saw Him Die? Ole dole doff Jan Troell Sweden
1969 Early Works Rani radovi Želimir Žilnik SFR Yugoslavia
1970 No Award
1971 The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Il giardino dei Finzi Contini Vittorio De Sica Italy
1972 The Canterbury Tales I racconti di Canterbury Pier Paolo Pasolini Italy
1973 Distant Thunder Ashani Sanket Satyajit Ray India
1974 The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Ted Kotcheff Canada
1975 Adoption Örökbefogadás Márta Mészáros Hungary
1976 Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson Robert Altman United States
1977 The Ascent Voskhozhdeniye Larisa Shepitko Soviet Union
1978 Las truchas (Tie) José Luis García Sánchez Spain
What Max Said (Tie) Las palabras de Max Emilio Martínez Lázaro Spain
Ascensor (Tie) Tomás Muñoz Spain
1979 David Peter Lilienthal West Germany
1980 Heartland (Tie) Richard Pearce United States
Palermo or Wolfsburg (Tie) Palermo oder Wolfsburg Werner Schroeter West Germany
1981 Hurry, Hurry! Deprisa, deprisa Carlos Saura Spain
1982 Veronika Voss Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss Rainer Werner Fassbinder West Germany
1983 Ascendancy (Tie) Edward Bennett United Kingdom
The Beehive (Tie) La colmena Mario Camus Spain
1984 Love Streams John Cassavetes United States
1985 The Woman and the Stranger (Tie) Die Frau und der Fremde Rainer Simon East Germany
Wetherby (Tie) David Hare United Kingdom
1986 Stammheim Stammheim - Die Baader-Meinhof-Gruppe vor Gericht Reinhard Hauff West Germany
1987 The Theme Tema Gleb Panfilov Soviet Union
1988 Red Sorghum Hong gao liang Zhang Yimou China
1989 Rain Man Barry Levinson United States
1990 Music Box (Tie) Costa-Gavras United States
Larks on a String (Tie) Skřivánci na niti Jiří Menzel Czechoslovakia
1991 The House of Smiles La casa del sorriso Marco Ferreri Italy
1992 Grand Canyon Lawrence Kasdan United States
1993 Woman Sesame Oil Maker (Tie) 香魂女 Xiāng hún nǚ Xie Fei China
The Wedding Banquet (Tie) 喜宴 Xi yan Ang Lee Taiwan / USA
1994 In the Name of the Father Jim Sheridan Ireland / UK
1995 The Bait L'appât Bertrand Tavernier France
1996 Sense and Sensibility Ang Lee United States
1997 The People vs. Larry Flynt Miloš Forman United States
1998 Central Station Central do Brasil Walter Salles Brazil
1999 The Thin Red Line Terrence Malick United States
2000 Magnolia Paul Thomas Anderson United States
2001 Intimacy Patrice Chéreau UK / France
2002 Spirited Away (Tie) Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi Hayao Miyazaki Japan
Bloody Sunday (Tie) Paul Greengrass United Kingdom
2003 In This World Michael Winterbottom United Kingdom
2004 Head-On Gegen die Wand Fatih Akin Germany / Turkey
2005 U-Carmen U-Carmen eKhayelitsha Mark Dornford-May South Africa
2006 Grbavica Jasmila Žbanić Bosnia and Herzegovina
2007 Tuya's Marriage 图雅的婚事 Túyǎ de hūnshì Wang Quan'an China
2008 Elite Squad Tropa de Elite José Padilha Brazil
2009 The Milk of Sorrow La teta asustada Claudia Llosa Peru
2010 Honey Bal Semih Kaplanoğlu Turkey
2011 A Separation Jodaeiye Nader az Simin Asghar Farhadi Iran
2012 Caesar Must Die Cesare deve morire Paolo and Vittorio Taviani Italy
2013 Child's Pose Pozitia copilului Călin Peter Netzer Romania
2014 Black Coal, Thin Ice Bai ri yan huo Diao Yinan China
2015 Taxi تاكسی Jafar Panahi Iran
2016 Fire at Sea Fuocoammare Gianfranco Rosi Italy
2017 On Body and Soul Testről és lélekről Ildikó Enyedi Hungary
2018 Touch Me Not Nu mă atinge-mă Adina Pintilie Romania

Multiple winnersEdit

Golden Bear – Honorary AwardEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b "- Berlinale - Archive - Annual Archives - 1952 - Juries".
  3. ^ "Claude Lanzmann to receive Berlin's Honorary Golden Bear". screendaily. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  4. ^ "Homage and Honorary Golden Bear for Ken Loach". Archived from the original on 2013-12-15. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Homage 2015 and Honorary Golden Bear for Wim Wenders". Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Martin Scorsese's Longtime Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus Is Set To Be Honoured With A Lifetime Achievement Award At The 2016 Berlin International Film Festival". Retrieved 1 December 2015.

External linksEdit