Berlin International Film Festival 1957

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The 1957 Berlin International Film Festival took place from June 21 to July 2, 1957.


The motto of the 1957 Berlinale was the film festival in a new Berlin , referring to the current situation in post-war Berlin . Most of the ruins of the war-ravaged city had already been removed. The new festival cinema Zoo Palast was opened and became the new center of the Berlinale.

Another big problem for the festival was the absence of the socialist countries that were already taking part in the Cannes film festival . Further pressure came from the Karlovy Vary film festival in Czechoslovakia , which has meanwhile shown American films. As a festival that was also categorized as an A festival, it threatened to overtake Berlin and ensured that the Berlinale's A festival rank was questioned.

In 1957 the International Association of Film Critics presented the FIPRESCI Award for the first time at a Berlinale . Another innovation was pushed through against the will of festival director Alfred Bauer from the FIAPF producers' association : So far there have been two Golden Bears at the festival. The international jury has awarded this prize since 1956 and a winner of the Golden Bear has been determined by an audience vote since 1952. This did not take place for the first time in 1957, and the Berlinale, which, unlike the other major festivals, had been primarily a public festival since its inception, sacrificed one of its main features to become an A festival.

The festival's prize winner was Sidney Lumet's court drama The Twelve Angry Men in a competition that was generally perceived as weak . A German film was the subject of discussion among the critics: Ottomar Domnicks Jonas, an aesthetically and narrative very idiosyncratic film, overwhelmed many. The screening of the film at the festival was a first sign that the Berlinale's selection policy for German films was bolder. However, the festival management did not believe they could present the film without an explanatory introductory lecture.

International jury

That year the American Jay Carmody was jury president. He chaired the following jury:


The winning film is highlighted in orange.

Movie title Original title Director Country of production Actor (selection)
Abarembo kaido Tomu Uchida Japan
Arsène Lupine, the millionaire thief Les aventures d'Arsène Lupine Jacques Becker France , Italy Robert Lamoureux , Liselotte Pulver , OE Hasse
desire El fatawa Salah Abouseif Egypt Farid Shawqi , Taheya Cariocca , Zaki Rostom
Brahim Jean Flechet Morocco Fatima Abdelmalek , Mustapha Amal , Ahmed El Alj
The Good Earth Đất Lành (1956) [1] Ramon Estella [2] South Vietnam Lê Quỳnh [3] , [4], Khánh Ngọc
It wasn't in vain Nije bilo uzalud Nikola Tanhofer Yugoslavia Boris Buzancic , Mira Nikolic , Mia Oremović
Felicidad Alfonso Corona Blake Mexico Elsa Cárdenas , Carlos López Moctezuma , Gloria Lozano
The window to Luna Park La finestra sul Luna Park Luigi Comencini Italy , France Giulia Rubini , Gastone Renzelli , Pierre Trabaud
The woman in the dressing gown Woman in a dressing gown J. Lee Thompson Great Britain Yvonne Mitchell , Anthony Quayle , Sylvia Syms
freedom Freedom Nigeria
Hang Tuah Phani Majumdar Malaysia P. Ramlee , Ahmud Mahmud
The saint and the sinner 1918 TJ Särkka Finland Åke Lindman , Anneli Sauli , Ture Ara
The wedding day Lee Byung-il South Korea Jo Mi-ryung , Choi Hyun
Jonas Ottomar Domnick Germany Elisabeth Bohaty , Dieter Eppler , Robert Graf
Young hearts in a storm Sista paret ut Alf Sjöberg Sweden Eva Dahlbeck , Harriet Andersson , Bibi Andersson
Kabuliwala Tapan Sinha India Chhabi Biswas , Radhamohan Bhattacharya , Manju Dey
The little tea house The Teahouse of the August Moon Daniel Mann United States Marlon Brando , Glenn Ford , Machiko Kyō
The last will be the first Rolf Hansen Germany OE Hasse , Ulla Jacobsson , Maximilian Schell
The girl from Corfu Protevousianikes peripeteies Yannis Petropoulakis Greece Rena Vlahopoulou , Periklis Hristoforidis , Nikos Rizos
The man in the raincoat L'homme à l'imperméable Julien Duvivier France , Italy Fernandel , Bernard Blier , Jacques Duby
Manuela Guy Hamilton Great Britain Trevor Howard , Elsa Martinelli , Pedro Armendáriz
The unlucky one El hombre señalado Francis Lauric Argentina Cristina Berys , Homero Carpena , Enrique Chaico
Rendezvous with forgotten years Stevnemøte med glemte år Jon Lennart Mjøen Norway Mona Hofland , Espen Skjøenberg , Henki Kolstad
Be nice to me Ingen tid til kærtegn Annelise Hovmand Denmark Eva Cohn , Lily Weiding , Hans Kurt
The Spanish gardener The Spanish Gardener Philip Leacock Great Britain Dirk Bogarde , Jon Whiteley , Michael Hordern
Traces of the past Sait-on jamais ... Roger Vadim Italy , France Françoise Arnoul , Christian Marquand , OE Hasse
The day of the damned Amanecer en Puerta Oscura José María Forqué Spain , Italy Francisco Rabal , Luis Peña , Alberto Farnese
Tizoc Ismael Rodríguez Mexico Pedro Infante , María Félix , Alicia del Lago
Fatherly love Arashi Hiroshi Inagaki Japan Chishu Ryu , Kinuyo Tanaka , Daisuke Katō
Fathers and sons Padri e figli Mario Monicelli Italy , France Vittorio De Sica , Marcello Mastroianni , Lorella De Luca
Wang hun gu Chun Yen Hong Kong Lin Dai
Where all roads end The Wayward Bus Victor Vicas United States Joan Collins , Jayne Mansfield , Dan Dailey
The twelve jurors Twelve Angry Men Sidney Lumet United States Henry Fonda , Martin Balsam , Lee J. Cobb

Award winners

Golden bear

  • The Twelve Angry Man
  • Short film: people in the distance (Gente lontana)
  • Documentary: Secrets of Life

Silver bear

  • Documentary: The Last Paradise (L'ultimo paradiso)
  • Director: Mario Monicelli for Fathers and Sons (Padri e figli)
  • Actor: Pedro Infante for Tizoc (The prize was awarded posthumously.)
  • Actress: Yvonne Mitchell for The woman in a dressing gown (Woman in a Dressing Gown)
  • Special award for short film: Big Bill Blues, Plitvice Lakes (Plitvicka jezera) and a thousand small characters
  • Special prizes: The Day of the Damned (Amanecer en Puerta Oscura) “for the remarkable cinematic representation of dramatic heightening and the cultural and historical image conveyed”; Ravi Shankar for the best film music in Kabuliwala


  • The Woman in the Dressing Gown by J. Lee Thompson
  • Honorable Mention: Be Kind to Me (Ingen tid til kærtegn)

OCIC Award

  • The Twelve Angry Man
  • Special mention: The Woman in a Dressing Gown

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