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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 17: 2006 - An International Duty

Slide 17: 2006 - An International Duty

The European film market.

At the onset of the 2006 Berlinale, director Dieter Kosslick suggested this festival would be “as political, cruel and uncomfortable as the situation in the world right now.”  And while some would have preferred not to notice the war in Iraq, many of the films focused on international political events–– Michael Winterbottom’s docudrama The Road to Guantanamo Bay, Stephen Gaghan’s Syriana, and the Balkan after-war drama Jasmila Zbanic’s Grbavica (which went on to win the Golden Bear). The year also marked the move of the European Film Market to the grand Martin-Gropius-Bau, not far from Potsdamer Platz. The move, among other things, signaled the emergence of Berlin as an international force, but this time on the economic front. Berlin’s role internationally was signaled in another way in 2006. The Teddy Award, Berlin’s prize for Gay and Lesbian work, turned 20 with a retrospective of twenty winners through the years.