40th Berlin International Film Festival

40th Berlin International Film Festival

Festival poster
Opening film Steel Magnolias
Location Berlin, Germany
Founded 1951
Awards Golden Bear (Music Box and Skřivánci na niti)
Number of films 467 films[1]
Festival date 9 20 February 1990
Website http://www.berlinale.de

The 40th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from February 9 to 20, 1990.[2] The festival opened with Steel Magnolias by Herbert Ross, which was shown out of competition.[3] The Golden Bear was awarded to the American film Music Box directed by Costa-Gavras and Czech film Skřivánci na niti directed by Jiří Menzel.[4]

The retrospective dedicated to 40 years completion of Berlin festival and films from the year 1945 were shown at the festival.[5] Martin Scorsese withdrew his film Kundun, based on the life and writings of the 14th Dalai Lama, the exiled political and spiritual leader of Tibet, after the objection of China, additionally due to some miscommunication festival also missed the chance to screen Roberto Benigni's Academy Award winning 1997 film Life Is Beautiful.[6]


Michael Ballhaus, Co-Jury President

The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:[7]

Films in competition

The following films were in competition for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards:[1]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! ¡Átame! Pedro Almodóvar Spain
Angels Los ángeles Jacob Berger Spain, France, Switzerland, Belgium
The Asthenic Syndrome Astenicheskiy sindrom Kira Muratova Soviet Union
Black Snow Xie Fei China
Born on the Fourth of July Born on the Fourth of July Oliver Stone USA
Coming Out Heiner Carow Germany
Driving Miss Daisy Driving Miss Daisy Bruce Beresford USA
Shadow Makers Shadow Makers Roland Joffé USA
Sentenced to Death A halálraítélt János Zsombolyai Hungary
The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid's Tale Volker Schlöndorff USA, United Kingdom
Herzlich willkommen Hark Bohm Germany
The Guard Karaul Aleksandr Rogozhkin Soviet Union
The Paper Wedding Les noces de papier Michel Brault Canada
Music Box Music Box Costa-Gavras USA
The Nasty Girl Das schreckliche Mädchen Michael Verhoeven Germany
The Secret Il segreto Francesco Maselli Italy
Silent Scream Silent Scream David Hayman United Kingdom
Larks on a String Skřivánci na niti Jiří Menzel Czechoslovakia
The Winter War Talvisota Pekka Parikka Finland
A Woman's Revenge La vengeance d'une femme Jacques Doillon France
The War of the Roses The War of the Roses Danny DeVito USA


Winner of the main award for best film in its section
The opening and closing films are screened during the opening and closing ceremonies respectively.


Costa-Gavras, co-winner of the Golden Bear at the event.
Jiří Menzel, co-winner of the Golden Bear at the event.

The following prizes were awarded by the Jury:[4]


  1. 1 2 "PROGRAMME 1990". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  2. "40th Berlin International Film Festival". berlinale.de. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  3. "Berlin International Film Festival Plays Both Sides Of Wall With". chicagotribune. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  4. 1 2 "PRIZES & HONOURS 1990". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  5. "RETROSPECTIVE". Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  6. "Berlinale beginnings". Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  7. "JURIES 1990". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.

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