48th Berlin International Film Festival

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48th Berlin International Film Festival
48th Berlin International Film Festival poster.jpg
Festival poster
Opening film The Boxer
Closing film The Rainmaker
Location Berlin, Germany
Founded 1951
Awards Golden Bear (Central Station)
No. of films 351 films[1]
Festival date 11 – 22 February 1998
Website http://www.berlinale.de

The 48th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 11 to 22 February 1998.[2] The festival opened with the Irish film The Boxer by Jim Sheridan. Francis Ford Coppola's The Rainmaker was selected as the closing night film.[3][4] The Golden Bear was awarded to Brazilian-French film Central Station directed by Walter Salles.[5] The retrospective dedicated to Siodmak Bros., titled Siodmak Bros. Berlin – London – Paris – Hollywood was shown at the festival.[6]


Ben Kingsley, Jury President

The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:[7]

Films in competition

The following films were in competition for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards:[1]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Barbara Nils Malmros Denmark, Faroe Islands
The Big Lebowski The Big Lebowski Joel Coen USA, UK
The Boxer The Boxer Jim Sheridan USA, Ireland
The Boys The Boys Rowan Woods Australia
The Butcher Boy The Butcher Boy Neil Jordan USA, Ireland
Central Station Central do Brasil Walter Salles Brazil, France
The Commissioner The Commissioner George Sluizer UK, USA, France, Germany, Belgium
Sweet Degeneration Fang lang Lin Cheng-sheng Taiwan
Girls' Night Girls' Night Nick Hurran UK
Good Will Hunting Good Will Hunting Gus Van Sant USA
I Want You I Want You Michael Winterbottom UK
Jackie Brown Jackie Brown Quentin Tarantino USA
The Perfect Guy Jeanne et le Garçon formidable Olivier Ducastel, Jacques Martineau France
Left Luggage Jeroen Krabbé USA, Netherlands, Belgium, UK
The Big Mambo Das Mambospiel Michael Gwisdek Germany
The Naked Eye La mirada del otro Vicente Aranda Spain
Same Old Song On connaît la chanson Alain Resnais France, UK, Switzerland
Sada Nobuhiko Obayashi Japan
The Sound of One Hand Clapping The Sound of One Hand Clapping Richard Flanagan Australia
Country of the Deaf Strana glukhikh Valery Todorovsky Russia, France
The Best Man Il testimone dello sposo Pupi Avati Italy
Too Much (Little) Love Trop (peu) d'amour Jacques Doillon France
Wag the Dog Wag the Dog Barry Levinson USA
Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl Joan Chen Hong Kong, USA, Taiwan
Hold You Tight Yue kuai le, yue duo luo Stanley Kwan Hong Kong


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.


Walter Salles, winner of the Golden Bear at the festival

The following prizes were awarded by the Jury:[5]


  1. ^ a b "PROGRAMME 1998". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 11 April 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  2. ^ "48th Berlin International Film Festival". berlinale.de. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Courage to Watch". nitrateonline.com. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  4. ^ "48th Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale 98". culturekiosque.com. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  5. ^ a b "PRIZES & HONOURS 1998". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  6. ^ "RETROSPECTIVE". Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  7. ^ "JURIES 1998". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.

External links

  • 48th Berlin International Film Festival 1998
  • 1998 Berlin International Film Festival
  • Berlin International Film Festival:1998 at Internet Movie Database
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