41st Berlin International Film Festival

The 41st annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 15 to 26 February 1991.[2] The festival opened with Uranus by Claude Berri.[2] The Golden Bear was awarded to Italian film La casa del sorriso directed by Marco Ferreri.[3] The retrospective dedicated to Cold War films was shown at the festival.[4]

41st Berlin International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmUranus
LocationBerlin, Germany
AwardsGolden Bear (La casa del sorriso)
No. of films402 films[1]
Festival date15 26 February 1991


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
Lovers Amantes Vicente Aranda Spain
Amelia Lópes O'Neill Valeria Sarmiento Chile, Switzerland, France, Spain
The Ballad of the Sad Café The Ballad of the Sad Café Simon Callow UK, USA
The Mountain Der Berg Markus Imhoof Switzerland
Cabeza de Vaca Nicolás Echevarría Mexico, Spain, France, USA, UK
The Conviction La condanna Marco Bellocchio Italy, Switzerland, France
Li Lianying: The Imperial Eunuch Tian Zhuangzhuang China, Hong Kong
Dances with Wolves Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner USA
Snake Fang Dandan-e-mar Masoud Kimiai Iran
Success Erfolg Franz Seitz, Jr. Germany
Fortune Express Olivier Schatzky France
Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg God afton, Herr Wallenberg Kjell Grede Sweden
The House of Smiles La casa del sorriso Marco Ferreri Italy
Quiet Days in August Isyhes meres tou Avgoustou Pantelis Voulgaris Greece
When the Stars Were Red Ked hviezdy boli cervené Dušan Trančík Czechoslovakia, France
The Miracle The Miracle Neil Jordan UK, Ireland
Mister Johnson Mister Johnson Bruce Beresford USA
The Little Gangster Le Petit criminel Jacques Doillon France
The Russia House The Russia House Fred Schepisi USA
Satan Viktor Aristov Soviet Union
The Silence of the Lambs The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme USA
The Tango Player Der Tangospieler Roland Gräf Germany
Ultrà Ricky Tognazzi Italy
Uranus Uranus Claude Berri France
Captain Fracassa's Journey Il viaggio di Capitan Fracassa Ettore Scola France, Italy


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:[7]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Advise And Consent Advise and Consent Otto Preminger USA
Angel Face Angel Face Otto Preminger USA
Blood on the Moon Blood on the Moon Robert Wise USA
Cape Fear Cape Fear J. Lee Thompson USA
The Condemned Village Das verurteilte Dorf Martin Hellberg Germany
Divided Heaven Der geteilte Himmel Konrad Wolf East Germany
Four in a Jeep Die vier im Jeep Leopold Lindtberg Switzerland
Diplomatic Courier Diplomatic Courier Henry Hathaway USA
Double Dynamite Double Dynamite Irving Cummings USA
Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the bomb Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the bomb Stanley Kubrick UK
A Berlin Romance Eine Berliner Romanze Gerhard Klein East Germany
Fail-Safe Fail-Safe Sidney Lumet USA
Farewell, My Lovely Farewell, My Lovely Dick Richards USA
For Eyes Only For Eyes Only János Veiczi Germany
Frauenschicksale Slatan Dudow East Germany
From Russia with Love From Russia with Love Terence Young UK
Funeral In Berlin Funeral in Berlin Guy Hamilton UK
Gentlemen Marry Brunettes Gentlemen Marry Brunettes Richard Sale USA
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Howard Hawks USA
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison John Huston USA
His Kind of Woman His Kind of Woman John Farrow USA
Home from the Hill Home from the Hill Vincente Minelli USA
Hot Blood Hot Blood Nicholas Ray USA
Don Camillo in Moscow Il compagno Don Camillo Luigi Comencini Italy, France
I Married a Communist I Married a Communist Robert Stevenson USA
Invasion of the Body Snatchers Invasion of the Body Snatchers Don Siegel USA
Invasion U.S.A. Invasion U.S.A. Alfred E. Green USA
I Was a Communist for the FBI I Was a Communist for the FBI Gordon Douglas USA
Jet Pilot Jet Pilot Josef von Sternberg USA
The Spies Les Espions Henri-Georges Clouzot France, Germany
Macao Macao Josef von Sternberg USA
Man on a Tightrope Man on a Tightrope Elia Kazan USA
Montana Belle Montana Belle Allan Dwan USA
One, Two, Three One, Two, Three Billy Wilder USA
Out of the Past Out of the Past Jacques Tourneur USA
Pursued Pursued Raoul Walsh USA
Quatermass 2 Quatermass 2 Val Guest UK
Red Dawn Red Dawn John Milius USA
Red Planet Mars Red Planet Mars Harry Horner USA
River of No Return River of No Return Otto Preminger USA
Story of A Young Couple Roman einer jungen Ehe Kurt Maetzig East Germany
Ryan's Daughter Ryan's Daughter David Lean UK
Seven Days in May Seven Days in May John Frankenheimer USA
Son of Paleface Son of Paleface Frank Tashlin USA
The 27th Day The 27th Day William Asher USA
The Big Lift The Big Lift George Seaton USA
The Big Steal The Big Steal Don Siegel USA
The Deadly Affair The Deadly Affair Sydney Lumet UK
The Friends of Eddie Coyle The Friends of Eddie Coyle Peter Yates USA
The Iron Curtain The Iron Curtain William A. Wellman USA
The Kremlin Letter The Kremlin Letter John Huston USA
The Looking Glass War The Looking Glass War Frank Pierson UK
The Lusty Men The Lusty Men Nicholas Ray USA
The Man Between The Man Between Carol Reed UK
The Manchurian Candidate The Manchurian Candidate John Frankenheimer USA
The Night of the Hunter The Night of the Hunter Charles Laughton USA
The Outlaw The Outlaw Howard Hughes UK
The Paleface The Paleface Norman Z. McLeod USA
The Red Danube The Red Danube George Sidney USA
The Red Menace The Red Menace R. G. Springsteen USA
Red Nightmare Red Nightmare George Waggner USA
The Revolt Of Mamie Stover The Revolt of Mamie Stover (film) Raoul Walsh USA
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Martin Ritt UK
The Tall Men The Tall Men Raoul Walsh USA
The Wonderful Country The Wonderful Country Robert Parrish USA
The Yakuza The Yakuza Sydney Pollack USA
The Young Lovers The Young Lovers Anthony Asquith UK
Thunder Road Thunder Road Arthur Ripley USA
Topaz Topaz Alfred Hitchcock UK
Torn Curtain Torn Curtain Alfred Hitchcock USA
Track of the Cat Track of the Cat William A. Wellman USA
Escape from East Berlin Tunnel 28 Robert Siodmak USA, West Germany
Stop Train 349 Verspätung in Marienborn Rolf Hädrich Germany
Walk East on Beacon Walk East on Beacon Alfred L. Werker USA
Where Danger Lives Where Danger Lives John Farrow USA


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


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