Berlin International Film Festival 1998
Preparations for the 48th Berlinale were marked by rejections and clumsy negotiations about films for the competition. First, Clint Eastwood canceled the festival. For his film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil , the producers preferred to bring the film to the cinemas without a festival appearance. Life is beautiful by Roberto Benigni should have its premiere in the competition. Through hesitant negotiations, Benigni decided to show the film at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival . There the film began its way to world success. There were political entanglements over the film Kundun by Martin Scorsese . The festival and Scorsese wanted to show the film in competition. Chinese protests then led to a decision against the film.
The president of the jury was the British actor Ben Kingsley . Under his leadership, the following members of the jury selected the winners: Senta Berger , Li Cheuk-to , Leslie Cheung , Hector Olivera , Helmut Dietl , Brigitte Roüan , Annette Insdorf , Maja Turowskaja , Maurizio Nichetti and Michael William-Jones .
- Golden Bear : This year the Golden Bear went to the Brazilian film Central Station by Walter Salles.
Silver bears were awarded in the following categories:
- This year the jury decided to award a Silver Bear to Alain Resnais for his life's work.
- Best director: Neil Jordan for Der Schlächterbursche
- Best Actress: Fernanda Montenegro for Central Station
- Best Actor: Samuel L. Jackson in Jackie Brown
- Silver Bear for an outstanding individual contribution to Matt Damon on his screenplay for Good Will Hunting
- Special Jury Prize to Barry Levinson for Wag the Dog
Outstanding films in the panorama program: Abre los ojos by Alejandro Amenábar , Sue by Amos Kollek , Le Gone du chaâba by Christophe Ruggia and Fintar o Destino by Fernando Vendrell . The actor Richard O'Brien received a special " Teddy Award " this year .
Honorary Golden Bear
The French actress Catherine Deneuve received an Honorary Golden Bear for her life's work .
Other award winners
- Glass Bear : Where the Elephant Sits by Mark Lowenthal
- Teddy Award (feature film): Ang Lalaki sa buhay ni Selya by Carlos Siguion-Reyna and Hold You Tight by Stanley Kwan
- Special Teddy Award: Richard O'Brien
- FIPRESCI Prize (competition): Sada by Nobuhiko Obayashi
- FIPRESCI Prize (Forum): Shivrei T'munot Yerushalayim by Ron Havilio
- FIPRESCI Prize (Panorama): Sue - A Woman in New York by Amos Kollek
- Alfred Bauer Prize : Hold You Tight by Stanley Kwan
- The Blue Angel : Kalman's Secret by Jeroen Krabbé
- Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (competition): Central Station by Walter Salles
- Ecumenical Jury Prize (Forum): Wang hsiang by Hsu Hsiao-ming
- Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (Panorama): Sue - A Woman in New York by Amos Kollek
- UNICEF Prize (Children's Film Festival): Danny's test of courage by Bob Swaim
- Caligari Film Prize (Forum): Kasaba by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
- Wolfgang Staudte Prize (forum): Xiao Wu by Zhang Ke Jia