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41st Berlin International Film Festival

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Opening film


Festival date
15 – 26 February 1991

Berlin, Germany

No. of films
402 films

41st Berlin International Film Festival

Golden Bear (La casa del sorriso)

The 41st annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from February 15 to 26, 1991. The festival opened with Uranus by Claude Berri. The Golden Bear was awarded to Italian film La casa del sorriso directed by Marco Ferreri. The retrospective dedicated to Cold War films was shown at the festival.



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

  • Volker Schlöndorff (Head of the Jury)
  • Chantal Akerman
  • Laurie Anderson
  • José Luis Borau
  • Judith Godrèche
  • Yuri Klepikov
  • Renate Krößner
  • Gillo Pontecorvo
  • Simon Relph
  • Catharina Stackelberg
  • Mircea Veroiu
  • Films in competition

    The following films were in competition for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards:


    The following films were shown in the retrospective:


    The following prizes were awarded by the Jury:

  • Golden Bear: La casa del sorriso by Marco Ferreri
  • Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize:
  • La condanna by Marco Bellocchio
  • Satan by Viktor Aristov
  • Silver Bear for Best Director:
  • Jonathan Demme for The Silence of the Lambs
  • Ricky Tognazzi for Ultrà
  • Silver Bear for Best Actress: Victoria Abril for Amantes
  • Silver Bear for Best Actor: Maynard Eziashi for Mister Johnson
  • Silver Bear for an outstanding single achievement: Kevin Costner for Dances with Wolves
  • Honourable Mention
  • Dandan-e-mar
  • Le Petit criminel
  • Li Lianying: The Imperial Eunuch
  • FIPRESCI Award
  • Le Petit criminel by Jacques Doillon
  • References

    41st Berlin International Film Festival Wikipedia