Berlin International Film Festival 1991

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The 1991 Berlin International Film Festival began on February 15 and ended on February 26, 1991 .

After German reunification in 1990, there were great hopes for a festival that could connect East and West. But as early as January 1991, the beginning of the Gulf War announced that the festival would again have a war as its political focus. There was even talk of canceling the festival at the beginning. The opening film wasn't as glamorous as in previous years. With Uranus, Claude Berri told the story of the French collaboration with the German occupiers in World War II .


The following films were shown in the competition this year:

Movie title Director Country of production Actor (selection)
Amelia López O'Neil Valeria Sarmiento Chile , Switzerland , France , Spain Laura del Sol
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
(The Ballad of the Sad Café)
Simon Callow United Kingdom , USA Vanessa Redgrave , Keith Carradine , Rod Steiger
The mountain Markus Imhoof Switzerland Susanne Lothar , Mathias Gnädinger , Peter Simonischek
The snake's bite Masud Kimiai Iran
The adventures of the Cabeza de Vaca Nicolás Echevarría Mexico , Spain , France , USA , UK Juan Diego
The one, who dances with the wolf Kevin Costner United States Kevin Costner
success Franz Seitz Germany Bruno Ganz , Franziska Walser , Peter Simonischek
Fortune Express Olivier Schatzky France Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Good evening, Mr. Wallenberg Kjell Grede Sweden Stellan Skarsgård , Katharina Thalbach
The house of smiles Marco Ferreri Italy Ingrid Thulin
Ked hviezdy boli cervené Dušan Trančík Czechoslovakia , France
The little gangster Jacques Doillon France
Lovers Vicente Aranda Spain Victoria Abril
Li Lianying, eunuch of the emperor Tian Zhuangzhuang China , Hong Kong
The Miracle Neil Jordan United Kingdom , Ireland Beverly D'Angelo
Mr. Johnson Bruce Beresford United States Maynard Eziashi , Pierce Brosnan
The journey of the Capitan Fracassa Ettore Scola France , Italy Vincent Perez , Emmanuelle Béart , Ornella Muti
The Russia House Fred Schepisi United States Sean Connery , Michelle Pfeiffer , Roy Scheider
Satan Viktor Aristov Soviet Union
The silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme United States Anthony Hopkins , Jodie Foster
Quiet days in August Pantelis Voulgaris Greece
The tango player Roland Graef Germany Michael Gwisdek
Ultra Ricky Tognazzi Italy
Uranus Claude Berri France Michel Blanc , Gérard Depardieu , Philippe Noiret
The condemnation Marco Bellocchio Italy , Switzerland , France Vittorio Mezzogiorno , Andrzej Seweryn , Claire Nebout

International jury

The German director Volker Schlöndorff was the president of the jury, which consisted of Chantal Akerman , Laurie Anderson , José Luis Borau , Judith Godrèche , Jurij Klepikow , Renate Krößner , Gillo Pontecorvo , Simon Relph , Catharina Stackelberg and Mircea Veroiu .

Award winners

  • Golden Bear : The House of Smiles
  • Silver bears :
    • Special Jury Prize: The Condemnation and The Satan
    • Best director: Jonathan Demme for The Silence of the Lambs and Ricky Tognazzi for Ultra
    • Best Actress: Victoria Abril in Lovers
    • Best Actor: Maynard Eziashi in Mr. Johnson
    • Outstanding individual achievement: Kevin Costner for the production, direction, leading role in Dances with Wolf

Further prices


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

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