|Location||West Berlin, Germany|
|Awards||Golden Bear (David)|
|Festival date||20 February – 3 March 1979|
Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter was surrounded by controversy, as it was accused of racism, and several countries decided to withdraw their films from the festival in protest. The retrospective was dedicated to Italian actor Rudolph Valentino and to another one titled "We Danced Around the World. Revue Films".
The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:
- Jörn Donner, writer, director, screenwriter, actor and producer - Jury President (Finland)
- Julie Christie, actress (United Kingdom)
- Romain Gary, writer and screenwriter (France)
- Ingrid Caven, actress and singer (West Germany)
- Georg Alexander, (West Germany)
- Liliana Cavani, director and screenwriter (Italy)
- Paul Bartel, actor, director and screenwriter (United States)
- Pál Gábor, director and screenwriter (Hungary)
- Věra Chytilová, director and screenwriter (Czechoslovakia)
Films in competition
The following films were in competition for the Golden Bear award:
Out of competition
† Winner of the main award for best film in its section
The following films were shown in the retrospective dedicated to Rudolph Valentino:
|English title||Original title||Director(s)||Country|
|All Night||Paul Powell||USA|
|Blood and Sand||Fred Niblo||USA|
|Eyes of Youth||Albert Parker||USA|
|Monsieur Beaucaire||Sidney Olcott||USA|
|Moran of the Lady Letty||George Melford||USA|
|The Conquering Power||Rex Ingram||USA|
|The Eagle||Clarence Brown||USA|
|The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse||Rex Ingram||USA|
|The Sheik||George Melford||USA|
|The Son of the Sheik||George Fitzmaurice||USA|
|The Wonderful Chance||George Archainbaud||USA|
The following prizes were awarded by the Jury:
- Golden Bear: David by Peter Lilienthal
- Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize: Iskanderija... lih? by Youssef Chahine
- Silver Bear for Best Director: Astrid Henning-Jensen for Vinterbørn
- Silver Bear for Best Actress: Hanna Schygulla for Die Ehe der Maria Braun
- Silver Bear for Best Actor: Michele Placido for Ernesto!
- Silver Bear for an outstanding single achievement:
- Silver Bear: Die Ehe der Maria Braun
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