28th Berlin International Film Festival
|Opening film||Opening Night|
|Closing film||Close Encounters of the Third Kind|
|Awards||Golden Bear (Ascensor, What Max Said, Las truchas)|
|Festival date||22 February – 5 March 1978|
The 28th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 22 February to 5 March 1978. The festival opened with Opening Night by John Cassavetes and closed with Steven Spielberg's out of competition film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. This was the first year the festival was held in February.
The jury awarded the Golden Bear to Spain for its contribution to the festival. The three Spanish films which were screened at the festival and won it were short film Ascensor directed by Tomás Muñoz and feature films La palabras de Max by Emilio Martínez Lázaro and Las truchas by José Luis García Sánchez.
The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:
- Patricia Highsmith (Head of Jury)
- Sergio Leone
- Theodoros Angelopoulos
- Jacques Rozier
- Konrad Wolf
- Frieda Grafe
- Antonio Echza Sausinenea
- Ana Carolina Teixeira Soares
- Larisa Shepitko
Films in competition
† 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 dedicated to Marlene Dietrich:
|English title||Original title||Director(s)||Country|
|The Blue Angel||Der blaue Engel||Josef von Sternberg||Germany|
|The Devil Is a Woman||The Devil Is a Woman||Josef von Sternberg||USA|
|The Scarlet Empress||The Scarlet Empress||Josef von Sternberg||USA|
|Blonde Venus||Blonde Venus||Josef von Sternberg||USA|
|Shanghai Express||Shanghai Express||Josef von Sternberg||USA|
|Knight Without Armour||Knight Without Armour||Jacques Feyder||United Kingdom|
The following prizes were awarded by the Jury:
- Golden Bear:
- Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize: A Queda by Ruy Guerra, Nelson Xavier
- Silver Bear for Best Director: Georgi Djulgerov for Avantazh
- Silver Bear for Best Actress: Gena Rowlands for Opening Night
- Silver Bear for Best Actor: Craig Russell for Outrageous!
- Silver Bear for an outstanding artistic contribution:
- Special Recognition: Deutschland im Herbst
- FIPRESCI Award
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