Berlin International Film Festival 1988

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The Berlin International Film Festival 1988 took place from February 12 to 23. February 1988 instead.

The German musical film Line 1 by Reinhard Hauff opened the Berlinale. There were problems with the appointment of the jury president. Gert Fröbe had already given his approval, but had to cancel at short notice due to illness. Moritz de Hadeln then appointed the Italian film critic Guglielmo Biraghi as jury president.


The following films were shown in the competition:

Movie title Director Country of production Actor (selection)
The demons Andrzej Wajda France Isabelle Huppert , Jutta Lampe
Bear one another's burdens … Lothar Warneke GDR Manfred Möck , Jörg Pose
Ground zero Michael Pattinson Australia Donald Pleasence
Hunting season Earth Kiral Turkey
Jarrapellejos Antonio Giménez-Rico Spain
The commissioner Alexander Askoldov Soviet Union
Life pictures William D. MacGillivray Canada
Moonstruck Norman Jewison United States Cher , Nicolas Cage
Mother Krol and her sons Janusz Zaorski Poland Magda Teresa Wójcik , Zbigniew Zapasiewicz
News fever James L. Brooks United States William Hurt , Albert Brooks , Holly Hunter
Phera Buddhadeb Dasgupta India
Red cornfield Zhang Yimou People's Republic of China Gong Li
The blame Miguel Pereira Argentina , UK
Theofilos Lakis papastathis Greece
The culprits Franci Slak Yugoslavia
Walker Alex Cox USA , Mexico , Spain Ed Harris
Where? Herbert Achternbusch Germany Josef Bierbichler
Yasemin Hark Bohm Germany Uwe Bohm
The time with Julien Agnes Varda France Jane Birkin , Mathieu Demy , Charlotte Gainsbourg

International jury

The international jury consisted of the following members: Guglielmo Biraghi (Italy), Ellen Burstyn (USA), Heiner Carow (GDR), Eberhard Junkersdorf (Germany), Tom Luddy (USA), Heinz Rathsack (Germany), Daniel Schmid (Switzerland), Andrei Smirnow (USSR), Tilda Swinton (Great Britain), Anna-Lena Wibom (Sweden) and Pavlos Zannas (Greece).

Award winners

Holly Hunter

The jury selected the following winners from the competition program:

  • Golden Bear : Red Cornfield by Zhang Yimou
  • Silver bears :
    • The Commissioner (Special Jury Prize)
    • Norman Jewison (best director)
    • Holly Hunter (Best Actress - News Fever )
    • Manfred Möck and Jörg Pose (best actors - one carries the other's burden )
    • Janusz Zaorski (outstanding individual achievement - screenplay and direction)

Alec Guinness received an Honorary Golden Bear for his life's work .

Further prices


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

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