50th Berlin International Film Festival

The 50th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from February 9 to 20, 2000.[2] The festival opened with The Million Dollar Hotel by Wim Wenders.[3][4] Bossa Nova by Bruno Barreto, screened out of competition was the closing film of the festival.[5] The Golden Bear was awarded to American film Magnolia directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.[6]

50th Berlin International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmThe Million Dollar Hotel
Closing filmBossa Nova
LocationBerlin, Germany
AwardsGolden Bear (Magnolia)
No. of films240 films[1]
Festival date920 February 2000

The retrospective titled Artificial People and dedicated to artificial beings and machines in the films was shown at the festival, screening films like Der Golem and The Terminator.[7] On its 50th anniversary the premieres of the films in competition at the festival moved from Zoo Palast to Theater am Potsdamer Platz located at Potsdamer Platz.[8]


The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:[9]

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
Any Given Sunday Any Given Sunday Oliver Stone USA
The Beach The Beach Danny Boyle USA, UK
Boy's Choir 独立少年合唱団 Akira Ogata Japan
The Road Home 我的父亲母亲 Zhang Yimou China
The Hurricane The Hurricane Norman Jewison USA
Love Me Love me Laetitia Masson France
Magnolia Magnolia Paul Thomas Anderson USA
Clouds of May Mayis Sikintisi Nuri Bilge Ceylan Turkey
The Sea El mar Agustí Villaronga Spain
The Million Dollar Hotel The Million Dollar Hotel Wim Wenders USA, UK, Germany
Man on the Moon Man on the Moon Miloš Forman USA, UK, Germany, Japan
Sky Hook Небеска удица Ljubiša Samardžić Yugoslavia, Italy
Paradiso: Seven Days with Seven Women Paradiso – Sieben Tage mit sieben Frauen Rudolf Thome Germany
First Light of Dawn Prime luci dell'alba Lucio Gaudino Italy
Russkiy bunt Русский бунт Aleksandr Proshkin Russia, France
Signs and Wonders Signs & Wonders Jonathan Nossiter France
The Legend of Rita Die Stille nach dem Schuß Volker Schlöndorff Germany
The Talented Mr. Ripley The Talented Mr. Ripley Anthony Minghella USA
Water Drops on Burning Rocks Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes François Ozon France
The Island Tales 有时跳舞 Stanley Kwan Japan, Hong Kong, China
Of Woman and Magic La chambre des magiciennes Claude Miller France


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:[6]


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  4. "The tension between cinematic vision and life itself". wsws.org. Archived from the original on 25 August 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  5. "'Magnolia' blooms in Berlin". wsws.org. Archived from the original on 25 June 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  6. "PRIZES & HONOURS 2000". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  7. "RETROSPECTIVE". Archived from the original on 4 March 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  8. "Berlinale beginnings". Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  9. "JURIES 2000". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
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