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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)
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Presented byBerlin International Film Festival
First awarded1951
Currently held bySynonyms (2019)
A Golden Bear statue


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 红高粱 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
  United States
1994 In the Name of the Father Jim Sheridan   Ireland
  United Kingdom
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   France
  United Kingdom
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
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 白日焰火 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
2019 Synonyms Synonymes Nadav Lapid   France

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.

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