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28th Berlin International Film Festival

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Opening film
Opening Night


Berlin, Germany

28th Berlin International Film Festival

Closing film
Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Golden Bear (Ascensor, What Max Said, Las truchas)

Festival date
22 February – 5 March 1978

The 28th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 22 February to 5 March 1978. The festival opened with Opening Night by John Cassavetes and closed with Steven Spielberg's out of competition film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. This was the first year the festival was held in February.


The jury awarded the Golden Bear to Spain for its contribution to the festival. The three Spanish films which were screened at the festival and won it were short film Ascensor directed by Tomás Muñoz and feature films La palabras de Max by Emilio Martínez Lázaro and Las truchas by José Luis García Sánchez.

A new section for children was introduced at the festival. The Part 2 of the retrospective dedicated to Marlene Dietrich was shown at the festival.


The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:

  • Patricia Highsmith (Head of Jury)
  • Sergio Leone
  • Theodoros Angelopoulos
  • Jacques Rozier
  • Konrad Wolf
  • Frieda Grafe
  • Antonio Echza Sausinenea
  • Ana Carolina Teixeira Soares
  • Larisa Shepitko
  • Films in competition

    The following films were in competition for the Golden Bear award:


    The following films were shown in the retrospective dedicated to Marlene Dietrich:


    The following prizes were awarded by the Jury:

  • Golden Bear:
  • What Max Said by Emilio Martínez Lázaro
  • Las truchas by José Luis García Sánchez
  • Ascensor by Tomás Muñoz (short film)
  • Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize: A Queda by Ruy Guerra, Nelson Xavier
  • Silver Bear for Best Director: Georgi Djulgerov for Avantazh
  • Silver Bear for Best Actress: Gena Rowlands for Opening Night
  • Silver Bear for Best Actor: Craig Russell for Outrageous!
  • Silver Bear for an outstanding artistic contribution:
  • Śmierć prezydenta by Jerzy Kawalerowicz
  • El brigadista by Octavio Cortázar
  • Special Recognition: Deutschland im Herbst
  • FIPRESCI Award
  • My Father's Happy Years by Sándor Simó
  • References

    28th Berlin International Film Festival Wikipedia

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