Berlin International Film Festival 1954

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The 1954 Berlin International Film Festival took place from June 18 to June 29, 1954.


Richard Widmark , Jean Marais , Curd Jürgens , Vittorio de Sica , Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida were the big stars who visited the Berlinale in unprecedented numbers. Again, the bears were awarded by the audience, with actor films making the running. Once again, some of today's highly regarded films went without a prize: The wonderful power (Magnificent Obsession) by Douglas Sirk and Akira Kurosawas Once Really (Ikiru) were among them, with Kurosawa winning at least one of the special prizes from the Berlin Senate.

Budget cuts were also debated in the run-up to the Berlinale in 1954, and again it was only thanks to the self-sacrificing work of festival director Alfred Bauer that the Berlinale had a reasonably solid budget. Not insignificant for the remarkably vague political and thus financial security of the festival was undoubtedly that an all too obvious involvement of the federal government would have violated the neutral status of Berlin and resulted in political irritation at the highest level.


The winning film is highlighted in orange.

Movie title Original title Director Country of production Actor (selection)
The renegade Le defroqué Léo Joannon France René Blancard , Guy Decomble , Jacques Fabbri
Bread, love and fantasy Pane, amore e fantasia Luigi Comencini Italy Vittorio De Sica , Gina Lollobrigida , Marisa Merlini
Really live once Ikiru Akira Kurosawa Japan Takashi Shimura , Shinichi Himori , Haruo Tanaka
Caught in the deep La grande speranza Duilio Coletti Italy Lois Maxwell , Renato Baldini , Carlo Bellini
Golden Age - Old Flemish Art Een gouden eeuw-de art of the Vlaamse primitieven Paul Haesaerts Belgium documentary
The great adventure Det stora aventyret Arne Sucksdorff Sweden Gunnar Sjöberg , Anders Nohrborg , Kjell Sucksdorff
I am the master of the house Hobson's Choice David Lean Great Britain Charles Laughton , John Mills , Brenda de Banzie
Fairground of love Kurt Neumann Germany Eva Bartok , Curd Jürgens , Bernhard Wicki
Sinhá Moça - revolt of the slaves Sinhá Moça Tom Payne , Oswaldo Sampaio Brazil Anselmo Duarte , Eliane Lage , Ruth de Souza
The wonderful power Magnificent obsession Douglas Sirk United States Jane Wyman , Rock Hudson , Barbara Rush
The desert is alive The Living Desert James Algar United States documentary

Award winners

Golden bear

Silver bear

  • Bread, love and fantasy (Pane, amore e fantasia)

Bronze bear

  • The renegade (Le défroqué)

Large gold plaque

Large silver plaque

  • The great adventure (Det stora aventyret)

Large bronze plaque

  • Golden Age - Old Flemish Art (Een gouden eeuw-de kunst der Vlaamse primitieven)

Special award from the Berlin Senate

  • Walt Disney "for his long-term support of the festival with the best films of his production".
  • Really live once (Ikiru)
  • Caught in the deep (La grande speranza)
  • Sinhá Moça - Revolt of the Slaves (Sinhá Moça)

OCIC award

  • Caught in the deep (La grande speranza)
  • Special mention: The Apostate (Le défroqué)
  • Special mention: The great adventure (Det stora aventyret)


  • Wolfgang Jacobsen: 50 Years of the Berlinale - International Film Festival 1951–2000

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