40th Berlin International Film Festival

The 40th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 9 to 20 February 1990.[2] The festival opened with Steel Magnolias by Herbert Ross, which was shown out of competition.[3] 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.[4]

40th Berlin International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmSteel Magnolias
LocationWest Berlin, Germany
AwardsGolden Bear (Music Box and Skřivánci na niti)
No. of films467 films[1]
Festival date9 20 February 1990


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
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! ¡Átame! Pedro Almodóvar Spain
Angels Los ángeles Jacob Berger Spain, France, Switzerland, Belgium
The Asthenic Syndrome Astenicheskiy sindrom Kira Muratova Soviet Union
Black Snow Xie Fei China
Born on the Fourth of July Born on the Fourth of July Oliver Stone USA
Coming Out Heiner Carow Germany
Driving Miss Daisy Driving Miss Daisy Bruce Beresford USA
Shadow Makers Shadow Makers Roland Joffé USA
Sentenced to Death A halálraítélt János Zsombolyai Hungary
The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid's Tale Volker Schlöndorff USA, United Kingdom
Herzlich willkommen Hark Bohm Germany
The Guard Karaul Aleksandr Rogozhkin Soviet Union
The Paper Wedding Les noces de papier Michel Brault Canada
Music Box Music Box Costa-Gavras USA
The Nasty Girl Das schreckliche Mädchen Michael Verhoeven Germany
The Secret Il segreto Francesco Maselli Italy
Silent Scream Silent Scream David Hayman United Kingdom
Larks on a String Skřivánci na niti Jiří Menzel Czechoslovakia
The Winter War Talvisota Pekka Parikka Finland
A Woman's Revenge La vengeance d'une femme Jacques Doillon France
The War of the Roses The War of the Roses Danny DeVito USA


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 prizes were awarded by the Jury:[4]


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  3. "Berlin International Film Festival Plays Both Sides Of Wall With". chicagotribune. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  4. "PRIZES & HONOURS 1990". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  5. "JURIES 1990". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
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