Berlin International Film Festival 1998

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The 48th Berlin International Film Festival took place from February 11 to 22. February 1998 instead.

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.

Competition section

Robert De Niro at a press conference at the 1998 Berlin International Film Festival

The following films faced the judgment of the international jury in the program of the official competition this year :

Movie title Director Country of production Actor (selection)
Barbara Nils Malmros Denmark , Faroe Islands Anneke von der Lippe
The Big Lebowski Joel Coen USA , UK Jeff Bridges , John Goodman , Julianne Moore
The other's gaze Vicente Aranda Spain Laura Morante
The boxer Jim Sheridan USA , Ireland Daniel Day-Lewis , Emily Watson
The Boys Rowan Woods Australia David Wenham , Toni Collette
Central Station Walter Salles Brazil , France Fernanda Montenegro
The commissioner George Sluizer Great Britain , USA , Germany , Belgium John Hurt , Armin Mueller-Stahl
Catch long Lin Cheng-sheng Taiwan
Girls' Night Nick Hurran Great Britain Brenda Blethyn , Julie Walters
Good Will Hunting Gus Van Sant United States Robin Williams , Matt Damon , Ben Affleck
Hold you tight Stanley Kwan Hong Kong
I want you Michael Winterbottom Great Britain Rachel Weisz
Jackie Brown Quentin Tarantino United States Pam Grier , Samuel L. Jackson
Jeanne et le garçon formidable Olivier Ducastel , Jacques Martineau France Virginie Ledoyen
Kalman's secret Jeroen Krabbe USA , Netherlands , Belgium , Great Britain Laura Fraser , Isabella Rossellini , Topol
Life is a chanson Alain Resnais France , Great Britain , Switzerland Sabine Azéma , Agnès Jaoui
The mambo game Michael Gwisdek Germany Corinna Harfouch , Jürgen Vogel
Sada Nobuhiko Obayashi Japan Hitomi Kuroki
The butcher boy Neil Jordan Ireland , USA Eamonn Owens
The Sound of One Hand Clapping Richard Flanagan Australia Kerry Fox
Strana happy Valery Todorovsky Russia , France
Il Testimone dello sposo Pupi Avati Italy
Tian yu Joan Chen Hong Kong , USA , Taiwan
Much (too little) love Jacques Doillon France Lou Doillon
Wag the dog Barry Levinson United States Dustin Hoffman , Robert De Niro , Anne Heche

International jury

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 .

Award winners

Fernanda Montenegro
  • 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:

Panorama section

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


The Berlinale retrospective is dedicated to the brothers Robert and Curt Siodmak . Curt Siodmak is awarded the " Berlinale Camera " for his life's work.

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