International Film Festival Berlin 1997

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The 47th Berlin International Film Festival took place from February 13 to 24. February 1997 instead.

Competition section

The following films faced the judgment of the international jury in the program of the official competition this year :

Movie title Director Country of production Actor (selection)
The chaotic dump Kevin Allen Great Britain
The English patient Anthony Minghella United States Ralph Fiennes , Juliette Binoche , Willem Dafoe
The river Tsai Ming-Liang Taiwan
Miss nobody Andrzej Wajda Poland
Miss Smilla's sense of snow * Bille August Denmark , Germany , Sweden Julia Ormond , Jim Broadbent , Richard Harris
Secrets of the heart Montxo Armendáriz France , Portugal , Spain
Genealogies of a crime Raul Ruiz France , Portugal Catherine Deneuve , Michel Piccoli , Andrzej Seweryn
Get on the bus Spike Lee United States Isaiah Washington
Witch hunt Nicholas Hytner United States Daniel Day-Lewis , Winona Ryder , Paul Scofield
In love and war Richard Attenborough United States Chris O'Donnell , Sandra Bullock
The island in Vogelstrasse Søren Kragh-Jacobsen Denmark , Great Britain , Germany Jack Warden
Larry Flynt - The Naked Truth Miloš Forman Canada , USA Woody Harrelson , Courtney Love , Edward Norton
life is a building yard Wolfgang Becker Germany Jürgen Vogel , Christiane Paul
Leneged Einayim Ma'araviyot Joseph Pitchhadze Israel
Lucie Aubrac Claude Berri France Carole Bouquet , Daniel Auteuil , Patrice Chéreau
May fu Huang Jianxin People's Republic of China
Port Djema Eric Heumann France , Italy , Greece Jean-Yves Dubois , Nathalie Boutefeu
Rosewood Burning John Singleton United States Jon Voight , Ving Rhames , Don Cheadle
Se qing nan nu Tung Shing Yee Hong Kong Leslie Cheung
Setouchi munraito serenade Masahiro Shinoda Japan
On the trail of death Gerardo Herrero Spain , France , Germany , Argentina
Tri istorii Kira Muratova Russia , Ukraine
Four days in September Bruno Barreto Brazil , USA Alan Arkin , Fernanda Torres
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet Baz Luhrmann United States Leonardo DiCaprio , Claire Danes
Where ai chu catch Ho Yim Hong Kong , Japan Jordan Chan , Yasuko Tomita

* = Opening film

International jury

The president of the international jury this year was French cultural politician Jack Lang . Under his leadership, the following jury members selected the winners: Hark Bohm , Férid Boughedir , Maggie Cheung , Fred Gronich , David Hare , Per Holst , Boleslaw Michalek , Humberto Solás , Marianne Sägebrecht and Ying Ning .

Award winners

Leonardo DiCaprio

Honorary Golden Bear

American actress Kim Novak received an Honorary Golden Bear . She was also honored with a retrospective of her best films at the festival.

Other award winners

Romy Haag

Panorama section

The following films were shown in this year's Panorama: Brassed Off - With timpani and trumpets by Mark Herman , Bubblegum (short film) by Peter Strickland , Conversation with the Beast by Armin Mueller-Stahl , Marvin's Daughters by Jerry Zaks , Nobody's Business by Alan Berliner , Tupamaros by Heidi Specogna and Rainer Hoffmann .

Children's film festival

This year the Children's Film Festival had its 20th anniversary. A retrospective with ten of the best films from 20 years was shown to mark the anniversary. This year, the German film Der Flug des Albatros by Werner Meyer received the Transparent Bear .

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