39th Berlin International Film Festival

The 39th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 10 to 21 February 1989.[2] The Golden Bear was awarded to American film Rain Man directed by Barry Levinson.[3] The retrospective dedicated to film producer Erich Pommer was shown at the festival.[4]

39th Berlin International Film Festival
Festival poster
LocationWest Berlin, Germany
AwardsGolden Bear (Rain Man)
No. of films375 films[1]
Festival date10 21 February 1989


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 and Silver Bear awards:[1]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
The Accused The Accused Jonathan Kaplan USA
Gang of Four La bande des quatre Jacques Rivette France
Bankomatt Villi Hermann Switzerland, Italy
Camille Claudel Bruno Nuytten France
Hope and Pain Dauntaun hirozu Yoji Yamada Japan
Esquilache Josefina Molina Spain
Fallada: The Last Chapter Fallada – letztes Kapitel Roland Gräf Germany
The Striker with Number 9 I fanela me to 9 Pantelis Voulgaris Greece
American Stories, Food, Family and Philosophy Histoires d'Amérique Chantal Akerman Belgium, France
Ivan and Alexandra Ivan i Aleksandra Ivan Nitchev Bulgaria
I Love, You Love Ja milujem, ty miluješ Dušan Hanák Czechoslovakia
Joan of Arc of Mongolia Johanna D'Arc of Mongolia Ulrike Ottinger Germany, France
Summer of Aviya Ha-Kayitz Shel Aviya Eli Cohen Israel
Before the Bat's Flight Is Done Mielött befejezi röptét a denevér Péter Tímár Hungary
Mississippi Burning Mississippi Burning Alan Parker USA
The Dark Night La noche oscura Carlos Saura Spain, France
Pestalozzi's Mountain Pestalozzis Berg Peter von Gunten East Germany, Switzerland, Italy
Rain Man Rain Man Barry Levinson USA
Resurrected Resurrected Paul Greengrass United Kingdom
The Servant Sluga Vadim Abdrashitov Soviet Union
Talk Radio Talk Radio Oliver Stone USA
Evening Bell Wan zhong Wu Ziniu China


Winner of the main award for best film in its section


The following prizes were awarded by the Jury:[3]


  1. "PROGRAMME 1989". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  2. "39th Berlin International Film Festival". berlinale.de. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  3. "PRIZES & HONOURS 1989". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  4. "RETROSPECTIVE". Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  5. "JURIES 1989". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
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