28th Berlin International Film Festival

The 28th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 22 February to 5 March 1978.[1] 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.[1]

28th Berlin International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmOpening Night
Closing filmClose Encounters of the Third Kind
LocationWest Berlin, Germany
AwardsGolden Bear (Ascensor, What Max Said, Las truchas)
Festival date22 February – 5 March 1978

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.[2]

A new section for children was introduced at the festival.[3] The Part 2 of the retrospective dedicated to Marlene Dietrich was shown at the festival.[4]


The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:[5]

Films in competition

The following films were in competition for the Golden Bear award:[6]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
A Queda Ruy Guerra, Nelson Xavier Brazil
My Father's Happy Years Apám néhány boldog éve Sándor Simó Hungary
Advantage Avantazh Georgi Djulgerov Bulgaria
Lone Wolf Biryuk Roman Balayan Soviet Union
The Brothers Lionheart Bröderna Lejonhjärta Olle Hellbom Sweden
Closed Circuit Circuito chiuso Giuliano Montaldo Italy
Germany in Autumn Deutschland im Herbst multiple directors Germany
The Teacher El brigadista Octavio Cortázar Cuba
Eskimo Limon Boaz Davidson Israel
Flaming Hearts Flammende Herzen Walter Bockmayer, Rolf Bührmann Germany
Paper Flowers Flores de papel Gabriel Retes Mexico
Jörg Ratgeb – Painter Jörg Ratgeb – Maler Bernhard Stephan Germany
A Night Full of Rain La fine del mondo nel nostro solito letto in una notte piena di pioggia Lina Wertmüller Italy
What Max Said La palabras de Max Emilio Martínez Lázaro Spain
Las truchas José Luis García Sánchez Spain
Moritz, Dear Moritz Moritz, lieber Moritz Hark Bohm Germany
Opening Night Opening Night John Cassavetes USA
Outrageous! Outrageous! Richard Benner Canada
The Dog Who Loved Trains Pas koji je voleo vozove Goran Paskaljević Yugoslavia
Rhinegold Niklaus Schilling Germany
Shatranj Ke Khilari Satyajit Ray India
Death of a President Śmierć prezydenta Jerzy Kawalerowicz Poland
The Far Road Toi ippon no michi Sachiko Hidari Japan
One Page of Love Une page d'amour Maurice Rabinowicz Belgium


Winner of the main award for best film in its section
The opening and closing films are screened during the opening and closing ceremonies respectively.


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

English title Original title Director(s) Country
The Blue Angel Der blaue Engel Josef von Sternberg Germany
The Devil Is a Woman The Devil Is a Woman Josef von Sternberg USA
The Scarlet Empress The Scarlet Empress Josef von Sternberg USA
Blonde Venus Blonde Venus Josef von Sternberg USA
Shanghai Express Shanghai Express Josef von Sternberg USA
Knight Without Armour Knight Without Armour Jacques Feyder United Kingdom


The following prizes were awarded by the Jury:[2]


  1. "28th Berlin International Film Festival". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 26 August 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
  2. "PRIZES & HONOURS 1978". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  3. "Berlinale beginnings". Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  4. "RETROSPECTIVE". Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  5. "JURIES 1978". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  6. "Germany in Autumn". zeit.de. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
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