49th Berlin International Film Festival

The 49th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 10 to 21 February 1999.[2] The festival opened with Aimée & Jaguar by Max Färberböck.[2][3] The Golden Bear was awarded to Canadian-American film The Thin Red Line directed by Terrence Malick.[4]

49th Berlin International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmAimée & Jaguar
Closing filmPorgy and Bess
LocationBerlin, Germany
AwardsGolden Bear (The Thin Red Line)
No. of films206 films[1]
Festival date10 21 February 1999

The retrospective dedicated to Austrian-American theatre and film director Otto Preminger was shown at the festival.[5] 70 mm version of Preminger's 1959 musical film Porgy and Bess served as the closing night film.[3][6]


The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:[7]

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
8mm 8mm Joel Schumacher USA, Germany
Aimée & Jaguar Max Färberböck Germany
The Color of Lies Au coeur du mensonge Claude Chabrol France
Breakfast of Champions Breakfast of Champions Alan Rudolph USA
It All Starts Today Ça commence aujourd'hui Bertrand Tavernier France
Cookie's Fortune Cookie's Fortune Robert Altman USA
Set Me Free Emporte-moi Léa Pool Switzerland, Canada, France
Between Your Legs Entre las piernas Manuel Gómez Pereira Spain, France
eXistenZ eXistenZ David Cronenberg Canada, UK, France
Glória Glória Manuela Viegas Portugal, France, Spain
Journey to the Sun Güneşe Yolculuk Yeşim Ustaoğlu Turkey, Netherlands, Germany
The Hi-Lo Country The Hi-Lo Country Stephen Frears USA, UK, Germany
Karnaval Thomas Vincent France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland
Keiho 39 keihō dai sanjūkyū jō Yoshimitsu Morita Japan
Mifune's Last Song Mifune Søren Kragh-Jacobsen Denmark, Sweden
Nightshapes Nachtgestalten Andreas Dresen Germany
The Girl of Your Dreams La niña de tus ojos Fernando Trueba Spain
Playing by Heart Playing by Heart Willard Carroll USA, UK
Ordinary Heroes Ann Hui Hong Kong, China
Shakespeare in Love Shakespeare in Love John Madden USA, UK
Simon Magus Simon Magus Ben Hopkins USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy
The Thin Red Line The Thin Red Line Terrence Malick Canada, USA
Three Seasons Tony Bui USA, Vietnam
Urban Feel Jonathan Sagall Israel


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]


  1. "PROGRAMME 1999". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 9 January 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  2. "49th Berlin International Film Festival". berlinale.de. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  3. "Urban Feel: The Berlin Film Festival Says Goodbye to the Old West on its Way to a New Home". nitrateonline.com. Archived from the original on 10 November 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  4. "PRIZES & HONOURS 1999". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 27 March 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  5. "RETROSPECTIVE". Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  6. "Berlin Draws Line". nitrateonline.com. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  7. "JURIES 1999". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
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