Berlin International Film Festival 1959

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The 1959 Berlin International Film Festival took place from June 26th to July 7th, 1959.

The Berlinale was in 1959 politically in light of the Berlin crisis that Nikita Khrushchev had triggered when in 1958 the four-power status was denounced by Berlin-sided. During the Berlinale, the festival had to take a back seat twice when the Hessian derby for the German soccer championship between Eintracht Frankfurt and Kickers Offenbach took place on June 28th in the Berlin Olympic Stadium . On July 1, the Federal Assembly in Berlin elected the CDU politician Heinrich Lübke as the second German Federal President .


The following films were shown in the official competition of the Berlinale this year:

Movie title Director Country of production Actor (selection)
Turmoil of feelings Roberto Gavaldón Mexico María Félix , Jack Palance
The defeated winner Paolo Heusch Italy
The village on the river Fons Rademakers Netherlands Max Croiset
Partly because of love Erik Balling Denmark Henning Moritzen , Helle Virkner
Carter of Death Arne Mattsson Sweden Ulla Jacobsson
Hassan and Nayima Henry Barakat Egypt
The master and his servant Arne Skouen Norway Claes Gill
The Goliath of Galway Fielder Cook Ireland Walter Macken
There is no room in the kittchen Gilles Grangier France Jean Gabin , Darry Cowl , Bernard Blier
Always the darn women Charles Walters United States David Niven , Shirley MacLaine , Gig Young , Rod Taylor
Jonggak Ju-nam Yang South Korea
Love in rio Carlos Hugo Christensen Brazil , Argentina
The girl Astero Dinos Dimopoulos Greece Aliki Vougiouklaki
The naked sun Miyoji Ieki Japan
Panopticon 59 Walter Kolm-Veltée Austria Michael Heltau
The rest is silence Helmut Käutner Germany Hardy Krüger , Peter van Eyck , Ingrid Andree
Sagar Sangamey Debaki Bose India Bharati Devi
Scream, If you can Claude Chabrol France Gérard Blain , Jean-Claude Brialy , Juliette Mayniel
Strange guests Leopoldo Torre Nilsson Argentina Elsa Daniel
Something like that from woman! Sidney Lumet United States Sophia Loren , Tab Hunter , Jack Warden
Stars over the Montblanc Marcel Ichac France Roger Blin
Sven Dufva, the hero Edvin Laine Finland
Tiger Bay J. Lee Thompson Great Britain John Mills , Horst Buchholz , Hayley Mills
And that on Monday morning Luigi Comencini Germany OW Fischer , Ulla Jacobsson , Vera Chechowa , Robert Graf , Werner Finck
The hidden fortress Akira Kurosawa Japan Toshirō Mifune
Wolves in the deep Silvio Amadio France , Italy Massimo Girotti
Ten rifles are waiting José Luis Sáenz de Heredia Spain , Italy Francisco Rabal
The broken talisman Syamak Yasami Iran
To hell with Sidney Harry Watt Great Britain Aldo Ray

International jury

This year's jury president was the American director Robert Aldrich . He headed the following jury: John Bryan (Great Britain), Charles Ford (France), OE Hasse (Germany), Johan Jacobsen (Denmark), Shigueo Miyata (Japan), Gerhard Prager (Germany), Waley Eddin Sameh (United Arab Emirates) , Walther Schmieding (Germany) and Ignazio Silone (Italy).

Award winners

Further prices

  • Youth Film Award (Documentary): Paradise and Fiery Furnace by Herbert Viktor
  • Youth film award (feature film): The naked sun
  • FIPRESCI Prize : The Hidden Fortress

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