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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 9: 1978 - A New Director, a New Date

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.