Berlin International Film Festival 1964

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The 1964 Berlin International Film Festival took place from June 26th to July 7th, 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:

Movie title Director Country of production Actor (selection)
Circe Manuel Antin Argentina
Cordoba Carlos Saura Spain , France , Italy Francisco Rabal , Lea Massari , Lino Ventura
This summer at five Erkko Kivikoski Finland
It's so hard to be unfaithful Bernard Toublanc-Michel Italy , France
Los Evadidos Enrique Carreras Argentina
The manhunt Claude Lelouch France Guy Mairesse
fist Michael Suman United States Robert Towner , Judy Peters
Os Fuzis Ruy Guerra Brazil , Argentina
Grasp from the dark Karel Reisz Great Britain Albert Finney
Men's game Wolfgang Staudte Yugoslavia , Germany Hans Nielsen , Götz George
The insect woman Shohei Imamura Japan Sachiko Hidari
Mahanagar Satyajit Ray India Anil Chatterjee , Madhabi Mukherjee
The painter OO Hagalund Rune Ericson Sweden
Man's bondage Ken Hughes Great Britain Kim Novak , Laurence Harvey
The pawnbroker Sidney Lumet United States Rod Steiger , Geraldine Fitzgerald , Brock Peters
Polish passion Janusz Piekałkiewicz Poland documentary
La Ragazza di Bube Luigi Comencini Italy , France Claudia Cardinale , George Chakiris
Selvmordsskolen Knud Leif Thomsen Denmark Jørgen Ryg
She and he Susumu Hani Japan Sachiko Hidari , Eiji Okada
Tonio Kroeger Rolf Thiele France , Germany Jean-Claude Brialy , Nadja Tiller , Werner Hinz
Dry summer Metin Erksan Turkey Ulvi Doğan, Erol Taş, Hülya Koçyiğit
La visita Antonio Pietrangeli Italy , France Sandra Milo , François Périer , Mario Adorf
Delicate hands Mahmoud Zulfikar Egypt
The time of the innocent Thomas Fantl Germany Erik Schumann , Peter Pasetti , Wolfgang Kieling

International jury

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).

Award winners

  • Golden Bear for Documentary Films: Twelve Million by Bert Haanstra

Further prices

  • Youth Film Prize: Twelve Millions by Bert Haanstra
  • FIPRESCI Prize : La visita by Antonio Pietrangeli
  • INTERFILM Award: Selvmordsskolen by Knud Leif Thomsen

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