Berlin International Film Festival 1963

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The 1963 Berlin International Film Festival took place from June 21 to July 2, 1963.

In response to the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, the festival showed competition films on television for the city's eastern sector via a so-called TV bridge. Before the Wall was built, the East Berliners were able to watch films from the competition in special screenings in a cinema in the Wedding district . The TV bridge should help.


The following films were shown in this year's competition at the Berlinale:

Movie title Director Country of production Actor (selection)
On free feet Pierre Étaix France
Il Diavolo Gian Luigi Polidoro Italy Alberto Sordi
Freud John Huston United States Montgomery Clift , Susannah York , Susan Kohner
Garrincha, Alegria do Povo Joaquim Pedro de Andrade Brazil documentary
The janitor Clive Donner Great Britain Alan Bates , Donald Pleasence
Young aphrodites Nikos Koundouros Greece
Leven en dood op het land Emile Degelin Belgium
Lilies in the field Ralph Nelson United States Sidney Poitier , Lilia Skala
Man and beast Edwin Zbonek Germany , Yugoslavia Götz George , Günther Ungeheuer
Retalhos da Vida de To Médico Jorge Brum do Canto Portugal
Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam Abrar Alvi India Meena Kumari , Guru Dutt , Waheeda Rehman
The Lord gives his own ... Jean-Pierre Mocky France Bourvil
Sleeper compartment Vilgot Sjoman Sweden Bibi Andersson
Oath of obedience Tadashi Imai Japan
The terrace Leopoldo Torre Nilsson Argentina
The immortal Alain Robbe-Grillet Turkey , Italy , France Françoise Brion , Jacques Doniol-Valcroze
Delay in Marienborn Rolf Haedrich Italy , France , Germany José Ferrer
Chased by dogs Kamal El Sheikh Egypt
Choose life Erwin Leiser Switzerland , Sweden , Austria documentary
Who speaks of guilt Juan Antonio Bardem Argentina , Spain
Goodbye for one night Damiano Damiani Italy , France Walter Chiari , Letícia Román
Yeolnyeomun Sang-ok Shin South Korea
Yksityisalue Maunu Kurkvaara Finland

International jury

British director Wendy Toye was jury president this year. She presided over the following jury: Fernando Ayala (Argentina), Guglielmo Biraghi (Italy), Baldev Raj Chopra (India), Günther Engels (Germany), Karl Malden (USA), Jean-Pierre Melville (France) and Henri Sokal (Germany) .

Award winners

Silver Bear for Best Documentary: The Great Atlantic by Peter Baylis

Other award winners

  • FIPRESCI Prize : Young Aphrodites
  • INTERFILM Award: Lilies in the field


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

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