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Salles’ "Central Station" Awarded Top Prize in Berlin; Other Awards Also Announced

Salles' "Central Station" Awarded Top Prize in Berlin; Other Awards Also Announced

Salles' "Central Station" Awarded Top Prize in Berlin; Other Awards
Also Announced

by Eugene Hernandez

Central Station” (Central Do Brasil), a film by Walter Salles, was awarded
the Golden Bear at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival, garnering the event’s
grand prize. The film was also honored with a Silver Bear to actress
Fernanda Montenegro. At a ceremony yesterday, the jury named filmmaker Neil
Jordan (“The Butcher Boy“) the festival’s best director, giving him a
Silver Bear, it also awarded Silver Bears to Barry Levinson’s “Wag the Dog
(special jury prize), Samuel Jackson (Best Actor for “Jackie Brown,” Matt
Damon (screenwriting and actor, “Good Will Hunting“), and Alain Resnais
(lifetime contribution to the art of cinema for “Same Old Song“)

Ben Kingsley (Great Britain) served as the president of the international
jury at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival, with Senta Berger (Germany/Austria),
Leslie Cheung (China/Canada), Helmut Dietl (Germany), Annette Insdorf
(USA), Li Cheuk-to (Hong Kong, China), Maurizio Nichetti (Italy), Héctor
Olivera (Argentina), Brigitte Roüan (France), Maja Turovskaja (Russia), and
Michael Williams-Jones (Great Britain) rounding out the jury.

“Central Station,” by the Brazilian filmmaker Salles, debuted last month at
the Sundance Film Festival. On the eve of the festival, the film was picked
up by Sony Pictures Classics for in the United States and English-speaking
Canada. It will be distributed in Europe by Miramax. Salles’ film began at
Sundance with the filmmaker receiving Sundance inaugural “Cinema 100”
Sundance International Award in 1996. The film was produced by legendary
producer Arthur Cohn (“The Garden of the Finzi Contini’s“)

A film that some had speculated might take the top prize was Stanley Kwan’s
Hold You Tight” (Yue Kuai Le, Yue Duo Luo). Instead the film was awarded
two other honors, “The Alfred Bauer Prize” and the Teddy Award for best
feature film. The Teddy honors the best films “in all sections of the
Festival that have a gay and/or lesbian context.” The Teddy for best
documentary was awarded to Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir for “The
Brandon Teena Story
,” and the Teddy for best short was awarded to Isabel
Hegner’s “Peppermills.” Other honored shorts include Gerrit van Dijk’s “I
Move So I Am
,” which received the Golden Bear for best short and Florence
Jaugey ‘s “Cinema Alcazar” which received the Silver Bear for short

Another double award winner at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival was Amos
Kollek’s “Sue.” The film received the award for a Panorama film,
accompanied by a cash prize of DM 5,000, and the FIPRESCI (International
Film Critics Association) award. FIPRESCI also selected “Sada,” directed by
Nobuhiko Obayashi, as the best competition film and “Shivrei Tmunot
Yershalem,” directed by Ron Havilio, as best film in the International
Forum of New Cinema.

[A complete list of festival winners and additional festival information
can be found at the official website of the 1998 Berlin Film Festival @
www.berlinale.de ]

+ RESPONSE: Cohn Clarifies “Central Station” Rights Issue

February 26, 1998

[Responding to a recent article announcing the winners of the 1998
Berlin Film Festival, producer Arthur Cohn sent a FAX from Switzerland
yesterday clarifying the ownership of the film’s distribution rights.]

As producer of the film “Central Station” which won the Golden Bear at
the International Film Festival in Berlin and which also got the
distinction of the Silver Bear for the best actress (Fernandz Montenegro
as Dora), I take the liberty of clarifying with you that the US and
English speaking Canadian rights of the film are with Sony Pictures
Classics. The rights to the German speaking countries and to Italy are
owned by me, the rights to France and Belgium are owned by MACT in
Paris, the rights to the Japan were ceded to NHK, and the rights to the
Far East to the company of Mr. Izeki. Other rights, like Spain, have
been given to the individual distributors. Miramax will distribute the
film in remaining territories such as the U.K., Australia, Greece,
Turkey, and Latin American countries excepting Brazil (which is owned by
the Brazilian production company Video Filmes).

I trust that this information will be of interest to you as it endeavors
to clarify matters.

Every good wish,

Arthur Cohn


(Jan 15, 1998) Sony Strikes Early at Sundance By Acquiring “Station”

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