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50th Berlin International Film Festival

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Closing film  Bossa Nova
Founded  1951
No. of films  240 films
Location  Berlin, Germany
Awards  Golden Bear (Magnolia)
50th Berlin International Film Festival
Opening film  The Million Dollar Hotel

The 50th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from February 9 to 20, 2000. The festival opened with The Million Dollar Hotel by Wim Wenders. Bossa Nova by Bruno Barreto, screened out of competition was the closing film of the festival. The Golden Bear was awarded to American film Magnolia directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.


The retrospective titled Artificial People and dedicated to artificial beings and machines in the films was shown at the festival, screening films like Der Golem and The Terminator. On its 50th anniversary the premieres of the films in competition at the festival moved from Zoo Palast to Theater am Potsdamer Platz located at Potsdamer Platz.


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

  • Gong Li (Head of the Jury)
  • Lissy Bellaiche
  • Peter W. Jansen
  • Jean Lefebvre
  • Marisa Paredes
  • Jean-Louis Piel
  • Walter Salles
  • Maria Schrader
  • Andrzej Wajda
  • 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:

  • Golden Bear: Magnolia by Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize: The Road Home by Zhang Yimou
  • Silver Bear for Best Director: MiloŇ° Forman for Man on the Moon
  • Silver Bear for Best Actress: Bibiana Beglau and Nadja Uhl for The Legend of Rita
  • Silver Bear for Best Actor: Denzel Washington for The Hurricane
  • Silver Bear for an outstanding artistic contribution: ensemble of actors for Paradiso: Seven Days with Seven Women
  • Jury Prize: Wim Wenders for The Million Dollar Hotel
  • Alfred Bauer Prize: Boy's Choir by Akira Ogata
  • Blue Angel Award: The Legend of Rita by Volker Schl√∂ndorff
  • Honorary Golden Bear: Jeanne Moreau
  • Berlinale Camera:
  • Kon Ichikawa
  • Wolfgang Jacobsen
  • FIPRESCI Award
  • Of Woman and Magic by Claude Miller
  • References

    50th Berlin International Film Festival Wikipedia