Berlin International Film Festival 1964
In the run-up to the Berlinale there were numerous quarrels that questioned the festival and its director Alfred Bauer . In the German press it was discussed whether it might not be better to have the festival alternately take place in various major cities in West Germany. That way, the socialist states could be more likely to participate in the festival. The status of the city of Berlin is still the biggest obstacle.
The rejection of the Swedish entry 491 by director Vilgot Sjöman caused further displeasure . The film about difficult youths who live in a shared apartment organized by the youth welfare office and are sexually abused, already had problems with censorship in Sweden. The public discussion about the film was certainly related to Ingmar Bergman's film Das Schweigen , which was released in German cinemas in the same year as a church protest. Bauer bowed to outside pressure and turned down the film for competition.
Even after the festival, the critics did not fall silent, as the 1964 festival was one of the weaker years.
The following films were shown in the official competition:
The jury president was the American director Anthony Mann . The jury consisted of Lucas Demare (Argentina), Jacques Doniol-Valcroze (France), Takashi Hamama (United Arab Emirates), Gerd Ressing (Germany), Hermann Schwerin (Germany), Richard Todd (Great Britain) and Georges Tzavellas (Greece).
- Golden Bear : Dry summer
- Silver bears :
- Golden Bear for Documentary Films: Twelve Million by Bert Haanstra
- Youth Film Prize: Twelve Millions by Bert Haanstra
- FIPRESCI Prize : La visita by Antonio Pietrangeli
- INTERFILM Award: Selvmordsskolen by Knud Leif Thomsen