53rd Berlin International Film Festival

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53rd Berlin International Film Festival
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Festival poster
Opening film Chicago
Closing film Gangs of New York
Location Berlin, Germany
Founded 1951
Awards Golden Bear (In This World)
Number of films 286 films[1]
Festival date 6–16 February 2003
Website

The 54th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from February 6–16, 2003.[2] The festival opened with musical film Chicago by Rob Marshall and closed with Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York, both films played out of competition at the festival.[3][4][5] The Golden Bear was awarded to British film In This World directed by Michael Winterbottom.[6]

The retrospective dedicated to German film director F. W. Murnau was shown at the festival.[7]

Jury[edit]

Atom Egoyan, Jury President

The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:[8]

International Jury

International Short Film Jury

Official selection[edit]

In-competition[edit]

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

English title Original title Director(s) Country
25th Hour 25th Hour Spike Lee USA
Adaptation Adaptation Spike Jonze USA
Alexandra's Project Alexandra's Project Rolf de Heer Australia
Angst Angst Oskar Roehler Germany
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Confessions of a Dangerous Mind George Clooney USA, Canada, Germany
The Flower of Evil Claude Chabrol France
Good Bye, Lenin! Wolfgang Becker Germany
The Hours The Hours Stephen Daldry USA, UK
I'm Not Scared Gabriele Salvatores Italy, Spain, UK
In This World In This World Michael Winterbottom UK
Yes Nurse! No Nurse! Pieter Kramer Netherlands
Distant Lights Hans-Christian Schmid Germany
The Life of David Gale The Life of David Gale Alan Parker USA, Germany
Madame Brouette Moussa Sene Absa Canada, Senegal, France
Blind Shaft Yang Li China, Germany, Hong Kong
My Life Without Me Isabel Coixet Spain, Canada
Small Cuts Pascal Bonitzer France, UK
Spare Parts Damjan Kozole Slovenia
Solaris Solaris Steven Soderbergh USA
His Brother on frère Patrice Chéreau France
The Twilight Samurai Yôji Yamada Japan
Hero Yimou Zhang China, Hong Kong

Short Films[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
(A)Torzija Stefan Arsenijevic Serbia
Araki: The Killing of a Japanese Photographer Anders Morgenthaler Denmark
The Chubbchubbs! Eric Armstrong USA
Delores Adam Stevens Germany
In Absentia En ausencia Lucía Cedrón Germany
The Good Son Michael Sandoval UK
War Against Stones Andreas Teuchert Germany
The Tram #9 Was Going Stepan Koval Ukraine
Fish Jonathan Davies Finland
Savior Athanasios Karanikolas Germany
The Match Ursula Ferrara Italy
Long Take Patrícia Moran Brazil
Rettet Berlin! Gerd Conradt Germany
Spin Cath Le Couteur UK
Tarry Stijn van Santen Netherlands
The Toll Collector Rachel Johnson Czechoslovakia, USA
Never Trust a Cow Nathalie Percillier France

Key[edit]

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.

Retrospective[edit]

2003 Retrospective poster, dedicated to F. W. Murnau[9]

The following films were shown in the retrospective:[10]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
City Girl City Girl F. W. Murnau USA
The Burning Soil Der brennende Acker F. W. Murnau Germany
Journey into the Night Der Gang in die Nacht F. W. Murnau Germany
The Last Laugh Der letzte Mann F. W. Murnau Germany
The Grand Duke's Finances Die Finanzen des Großherzogs F. W. Murnau Germany
Faust Faust – Eine deutsche Volkssage F. W. Murnau Germany
Four Sons Four Sons John Ford USA
Equinox Flower 彼岸花 Yasujirō Ozu Japan
Legong Legong: Dance Of The Virgins Henry de La Falaise USA
Moana Moana Robert J. Flaherty USA
Nosferatu - A Symphony Of Horror Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens F. W. Murnau Germany
Nosferatu the Vampyre Nosferatu - Phantom der Nacht Werner Herzog France, Germany
Good Morning お早よう Yasujirō Ozu Japan
Phantom Phantom F. W. Murnau Germany
7th Heaven 7th Heaven Frank Borzage USA
Early Spring 早春 Yasujirō Ozu Japan
Tabu Tabu F. W. Murnau USA
Tartüff Tartuffe F. W. Murnau Germany
The Merry Widow The Merry Widow Ernst Lubitsch USA
The Philadelphia Story The Philadelphia Story George Cukor USA
White Shadows in the South Seas White Shadows in the South Seas W. S. Van Dyke, Robert J. Flaherty USA

Awards[edit]

Michael Winterbottom, winner of the Golden Bear at the festival

The following prizes were awarded by the Jury:[6][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "PROGRAMME 2003". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 9 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "53RD BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 6 - 16, 2003". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 9 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Grim Reality Dominates Berlinale Film Festival". nytimes. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "53RD BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WRAP UP". filmthreat. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "GANGS OF NEW YORK TO BE FINAL FILM OF THE BERLINALE 2003". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 9 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "PRIZES & HONOURS 2003". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 9 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "RETROSPECTIVE". Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "JURIES 2003". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 9 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "RETROSPECTIVE". Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "RETROSPECTIVE 2003". Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Awards announcement 2003 2003". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 9 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 

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