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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 9: 1978 - A New Director, a New Date
Berlin takes its hat off to the ’78 festival.
In 1977, film journalist Wolf Donner was picked to head the festival after the end of Alfred Bauer’s long reign. And with new management came many changes that showed up the next year. In 1978, the festival was moved up to February (rather than June), putting it in contrast rather than in competition with Cannes (which occurs in the spring). Also to further solidify the local spirit, Donner initiated a program of “German Films” which were to showcase local talent. Along with spotlighting German cinema, Donner beefed up Berlin’s Film Market, providing a viable place to sell German as well as films from around the world. Support of national cinemas seemed to be everywhere. The jury that year, lead by the novelist Patricia Highsmith, awarded the Golden Bear not to a specific film, but to the Spanish films present that year.