|Opening film Steel Magnolias|
Festival date 9 – 20 February 1990
|Location Berlin, Germany|
No. of films 467 films
|Awards Golden Bear (Music Box and Skřivánci na niti)|
The 40th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from February 9 to 20, 1990. The festival opened with Steel Magnolias by Herbert Ross, which was shown out of competition. The Golden Bear was awarded to the American film Music Box directed by Costa-Gavras and Czech film Skřivánci na niti directed by Jiří Menzel.
The retrospective dedicated to 40 years completion of Berlin festival and films from the year 1945 were shown at the festival. Martin Scorsese withdrew his film Kundun, based on the life and writings of the 14th Dalai Lama, the exiled political and spiritual leader of Tibet, after the objection of China, additionally due to some miscommunication festival also missed the chance to screen Roberto Benigni's Academy Award winning 1997 film Life Is Beautiful.
The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:
Films in competition
The following films were in competition for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards:
The following prizes were awarded by the Jury: