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  • 1990 Berlin International Film Festival was held from 2/9/1990 to 2/20/1990.
  • The 40th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from February 9 to 20, 1990. The festival opened with Steel Magnolias by Herbert Ross, which was shown out of competition. The Golden Bear was awarded to the American film Music Box directed by Costa-Gavras and Czech film Skřivánci na niti directed by Jiří Menzel. The retrospective dedicated to 40 years completion of Berlin festival and films from the year 1945 were shown at the festival. Martin Scorsese withdrew his film Kundun, based on the life and writings of the 14th Dalai Lama, the exiled political and spiritual leader of Tibet, after the objection of China, additionally due to some miscommunication festival also missed the chance to screen Roberto Benigni's Academy Award wining 1997 film Life Is Beautiful.

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