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The Years of the Berlin Film Festival

Posted February 11, 2010 to photo album "The Years of the Berlin Film Festival"

The Berlinale turns 60 this year. What a strange journey it’s been.

Slide 1: 2010 - The Berlin Film Festival
Slide 2: 1951 - The Festival Starts
Slide 3: 1955 - Germany Steps Up
Slide 4: 1958 - The Festival Opens Up
Slide 5: 1961 - A Cultural Divide
Slide 6: 1965 - Different Programs
Slide 7: 1971 - Starting All Over Again
Slide 8: 1974 - Cold War Thaws
Slide 9: 1978 - A New Director, a New Date
Slide 10: 1979 - International Conflict
Slide 11: 1982 - Germany Divided
Slide 12: 1987 - The East Comes West
Slide 13: 1990 - A New Berlin
Slide 14: 1996 - The Festival at Full Tilt
Slide 15: 2000 - An Anniversary and new Home.
Slide 16: 2004 - A Different Type Of German Film
Slide 17: 2006 - An International Duty
Slide 14: 1996 - The Festival at Full Tilt

Slide 14: 1996 - The Festival at Full Tilt

Julia Roberts at the festival.

After years of debate over the proper composition of the festival, the 1996 line up seemed to please most critics. The opening night film, Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility, not only set the tone, but went on to win the Golden Bear. In addition, the festival was filled with A-list talent, like Julia Roberts and Bruce Willis, to be splashed on the tabloid’s front pages. Cineastes acknowledged the presence of strong independent work from around the world, be it the American Todd Soldonz’ Welcome to the Doll House,  Wong Kar-wai’s Fallen Angels from China, or Alejandro Amenábar’s Tesis from Spain. In addition, the festival started looking forward to the possibility of building a permanent home in the once East-Berlin area of Potsdamer Platz.