Berlin International Film Festival 1961

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The 1961 Berlin International Film Festival took place from June 23 to July 4, 1961.

Although the Berlinale program featured top-class artists, the US actress Jayne Mansfield attracted the greatest attention as a guest at the Berlinale. The German press was more likely to talk about the Busen Berlinale than about a festival of film art. The German press reported rather little about the approaching Berlin crisis with the height of the building of the Wall in August and the simultaneous taking place of a film festival with films from 46 countries.


The following films were shown in the official competition:

Movie title Director Country of production Actor (selection)
14,000 witnesses Hoo Wang China
Amélie ou le temps d'aimer Michel Drach France Marie-José Nat
In good company George Seaton United States Fred Astaire , Debbie Reynolds , Lilli Palmer , Tab Hunter
Antigone Yorgos Javellas Greece Irene Papas
Anuradha Hrishikesh Mukherjee India Balraj Sahni , Leela Naidu
The bad guys sleep well Akira Kurosawa Japan Toshirō Mifune
The marriage of Mr. Mississippi Kurt Hoffmann Switzerland , Germany OE Hasse , Johanna von Koczian , Hansjörg Felmy , Martin Held
The end of the cangaceiros Walter Guimares Motta Brazil
I faresonen Bjørn Breigutu Norway
A woman is a woman Jean-Luc Godard France Jean-Claude Brialy , Anna Karina , Jean-Paul Belmondo
The misstep Charles Walters United States Shirley MacLaine , Laurence Harvey
Question 7 Stuart Rosenberg USA , Germany Michael Gwynn
Los Jóvenes Luis Alcoriza Mexico
The coachman Dae-jin Kang South Korea
Lover for five days Philippe de Broca France , Italy Jean Seberg , Micheline Presle , Jean-Pierre Cassel
Macbeth George Schaefer United States Maurice Evans , Judith Anderson , Ian Bannen
The night Michelangelo Antonioni Italy , France Marcello Mastroianni , Jeanne Moreau , Monica Vitti , Bernhard Wicki
Nothing but broken pieces Memduh Ün Turkey
La Patota Daniel Tinayre Argentina
Prae Dum Ratana Pestonji , Ratanavadi Ratanabhand Thailand
Romanoff and Juliet Peter Ustinov United States Peter Ustinov , Sandra Dee , John Gavin
teenager Ahmed Diaeddin Egypt
Do you trust Alfredo to commit murder? Elio Petri Italy , France Marcello Mastroianni
Dreamland of longing Wolfgang Müller-Sehn Greece , Germany documentary
Tulipunainen kyyhkynen Matti Kassila Finland
And everything tomorrow Ralph Thomas Great Britain Peter Finch
If you don't care Fons Rademakers Netherlands
The miracle of Malachia Bernhard Wicki Germany Horst Bollmann , Richard Münch , Christiane Nielsen , Günter Pfitzmann , Brigitte Grothum

International jury

The jury president was the Briton James Quinn . He headed the following jury: Falk Harnack (Germany), Hirotsugu Ozaki (Japan), Nicholas Ray (USA), Satyajit Ray (India), France Roche (France), Hans Schaarwächter (Germany) and Marc Turfkruyer (Belgium).

Award winners

  • Golden Bear for Best Documentary: Description of a Fight by Chris Marker
  • Silver Bear a documentary: Dreamland of Longing

Further prices

  • Youth Film Award (Best Short Film): Land from Human Hand by George Sluizer
  • Youth Film Award (Best Documentary): Description of a fight by Chris Marker
  • Youth Film Award (Best Feature Film): Question Seven by Stuart Rosenberg
  • FIPRESCI Prize : Michelangelo Antonioni

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