54th Berlin International Film Festival

The 54th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 5–15 February 2004.[2] The festival opened with out of competition film Cold Mountain by Anthony Minghella.[3][4] 25 Degrees in Winter by Stéphane Vuillet served as the closing film.[5] The Golden Bear was awarded to German-Turkish film Head-On directed by Fatih Akın.[6]

54th Berlin International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmCold Mountain
Closing film25 Degrees in Winter
LocationBerlin, Germany
AwardsGolden Bear (Head-On)
Hosted byAnke Engelke
No. of films290 films[1]
Festival date5–15 February 2004

The retrospective dedicated to films from 1967 to 1976 titled New Hollywood 1967-1976. Trouble in Wonderland was shown at the festival.[7] It focuses on the films from the period known as New Hollywood or American New Wave, and attended by some of the film-makers and actors of that era including Peter Davis, Peter Fonda, William Greaves, Monte Hellman and Melvin Van Peebles.[8]


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

Official selection

In competition

The following films were in competition for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards:[1]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
20 30 40 Sylvia Chang Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan
25 Degrees in Winter Stéphane Vuillet Belgium, France, Russia, Spain
Just A Kiss... Ae Fond Kiss... Ken Loach UK, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain
The Beautiful Country The Beautiful Country Hans Petter Moland USA, Norway
Before Sunset Before Sunset Richard Linklater USA
Intimate Strangers Patrice Leconte France
Head-On Fatih Akın Germany, Turkey
In My Country In My Country John Boorman UK, Ireland, South Africa
Nightsongs Romuald Karmakar Germany
Lost Embrace Daniel Burman Argentina, France, Italy, Spain
Red Lights Cédric Kahn France
In Your Hands Annette K. Olesen Denmark
Your Next Life Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón Spain
Maria Full of Grace Maria Full of Grace Joshua Marston USA, Colombia
Monster Monster Patty Jenkins USA, Germany
Daybreak Björn Runge Sweden
First Love Matteo Garrone Italy
Samaritan Girl Kim Ki-duk South Korea
Witnesses Vinko Brešan Croatia
The Final Cut The Final Cut Omar Naim Canada, Germany
The Missing The Missing Ron Howard USA
Triple Agent Éric Rohmer France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Russia
Trilogy: The Weeping Meadow Theodoros Angelopoulos Greece, Germany, France, Italy

Short Film

The following short films were selected:[10]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
True Tom Tykwer Germany, France
With What Shall I Wash It? Con qué la lavaré? María Trénor Spain
Sapiens Aleksandr Rogozhkin Russia
Cigarettes and Coffee Un cartus de kent si un pachet de cafea Cristi Puiu Romania
Dajo Hanro Smitsman Netherlands
The Scree The Scree Paul McDermott Australia
Little Man Little Man Martin Brierley UK, South Africa
The Soul Hunter Christine Rebet Germany
Goodbye, Cruel World Goodbye, Cruel World Vito Rocco UJ
The Rules of Flying De regels van het vliegen Eugenie Jansen Netherlands
Le vilain petit poussin Rachid Bouchareb France
Great! Vet! Karin Junger, Brigit Hillenius Netherlands
A Woman's Place Kvinnans Plats Ewa Cederstam Sweden
Bugs Käfer Igor Ivanov Izi Macedonia
The Russell Tribunal Russelltribunalen Staffan Lamm Sweden
Ola's Box of Clovers Ola's Box of Clovers Genevieve Anderson USA
Public/Private Christoph Behl Argentina


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][11]

  • Golden Bear
  • Silver Bear
    • Best Film Music – First Love: Banda Osiris
    • Best Actor – Lost Embrace: Daniel Hendler
    • Best Actress – Maria Full of Grace: Catalina Sandino Moreno and Monster: Charlize Theron
    • Best DirectorSamaritan Girl: Kim Ki-duk
    • Best Short Film – Great!: Karin Junger, Brigit Hillenius
    • Outstanding Artistic Achievement – Daybreak: Leif Andrée, Pernilla August, Jan Coster, Jakob Eklund, Ingvar Hirdwall, Magnus Krepper, Johan Kvarnström, Camilla Larsson, Marika Lindström, Peter Lorentzon, Hampus Penttinen, Ann Petrén, Marie Richardson, Jenny Svärdsäter, Claes-Göran Turesson
  • Jury Grand Prix
  • Silver Bear – Honorable Mention
    • Best Short Film – Public/Private: Christoph Behl
  • Honorary Golden Bear
  • Berlinale Camera
    • Willy Sommerfeld
    • Regina Ziegler
    • Erika Rabau
    • Rolf Bähr
  • Best Short Film
  • Panorama Audience Award
  • Crystal Bear
    • Best Short Film – Nuit d'orage: Michèle Lemieux
    • Best Feature Film – Magnifico: Maryo J. De Los Reyes
    • 14plus: Best Feature Film – The Wooden Camera: Ntshaveni Wa Luruli
  • Crystal Bear – Special Mention
    • Best Short Film – Circuit marine: Isabelle Favez and Maree: James Pellerito
    • Best Feature Film- The Blind Flyers: Bernd Sahling and Raining Cats and Frogs: Jacques-Rémy Girerd
    • 14plus: Best Feature Film – Quality of Life: Benjamin Morgan
  • FIPRESCI Award


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