Edinburgh International Film Festival 1999
Au Hasard Balthazar Au Hasard Balthazar
Au Hasard Balthazar and Rushmore
Au Hasard Balthazar (Balthazar) (Country: France; Year: 1966; Director: Robert Bresson; Writer: Robert Bresson; Stars: Anne Wiazemsky, Walter Green, Francois Lafarge, Jean-Claude Gilbert, Philippe Asselin, Nathalie Joyaut, Pierre Klossowski)
The story of a maltreated donkey.
All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre) (Country: Spain; Year: 1999; Director: Pedro Almodovar; Writer: Pedro Almodovar; Stars: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Penelope Cruz, Antonia San Juan, Candela Pena, Rosa Maria Sarda)
Melodramatic look at love and friendship.
An Affair (Jung sa) (Country: Korea; Year: 1998; Director: Je-yong Lee; Writer: Dae-woo Kim, Je-yong Lee; Stars: Lee Jung-Jae, Min Kim, Lee Mi-sook, Song Young-chang)
Heart-rending tale of illicit love.
An American Love Story (Country: USA; Year: 1998; Director: Jennifer Fox; Stars: Karen Wilson, Bill Sims, Cicily Wilson, Chaney Sims)
Documentary about an inter-racial relationship.
Billy & Zorba (Country: UK; Year: 1999; Director: Brian Kirk; Writer: Ed McCardie; Stars: James Cosmo, Iain De Caestecker, Deirdre Davis, Robert Cavanah)
The friendship between a suicidal fisherman and a young boy.
Go Go
Go and Judy Berlin
The Blair Witch Project (Country: US; Year: 1998; Director: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez; Writer: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez; Stars: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard, Bob Griffith, Jim King, Sandra Sanchez)
Handheld, hyped-up horror.
Buena Vista Social Club (Country: Cuba; Year: 1999; Director: Wim Wenders; Stars: Luis Barzaga, Joachim Cooder, Ry Cooder, Julio Alberto Fernndez, Ibrahim Ferrer, Carlos Gonzlez, Rubn Gonzlez, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo)
Documentary about the Cuban stars who went on to become an international phenomenon.
Chi Girl (Country: US; Year: 1999; Director: Heidi Van Lier; Writer: Heidi Van Lier; Stars: Scott Benjaminson, Phil Smith, Alicia Hyde, Sarah Willis, Troy West, Bret Grafton, Jill Kraft, Paul Jeans, Cherise Silvestri, Stephanie Caterer, Erin Hayes)
Mockumentary about a guy a girl, her ex and his camera.
Cookie's Fortune (Country: USA; Year: 1998; Director: Robert Altman; Writer: Anne Rapp; Stars: Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler, Chris O'Donnell, Charles S. Dutton, Patricia Neal, Ned Beatty, Courtney B. Vance, Donald Moffat, Lyle Lovett, Danny Darst)
Ensemble drama centring on a death.
The Devil, Probably (Le Diable Probablement) (Country: France; Year: 1977; Director: Robert Bresson; Writer: Robert Bresson; Stars: Antoine Monnier, Tina Irissari, Henri de Maublanc, Laetitia Carcano, Nicolas Deguy, Régis Hanrion, Geoffroy Gaussen, Roger Honorat, Vincent Cottrel, Laurence Delannoy, Laetitia Martinneti)
The life of a nihilistic young man.
Poached Poached
Poached and Humanity
Dreaming Of Joseph Lees (Country: UK; Year: 1999; Director: Eric Styles; Writer: Catherine Linstrom; Stars: Samantha Morton, Lee Ross, Rupert Graves, Miriam Margoyles, Frank Finlay, Nicholas Woodeson, Lauren Richardson)
Unrequited love in 1950s Somerset.
East Is East (Country: UK; Year: 1999; Director: Damien O'Donnell; Writer: Ayub Khan-Din; Stars: Om Puri, Linda Bassett, Jordan Routledge, Archie Panjabi, Emil Marwa, Chris Bisson, Jimi Mistry, Raji James, Ian Aspinall, Lesley Nicol, Emma Rydal)
Culture clash in a multiracial family in Seventies Britain.
Election (Country: USA; Year: 1999; Director: Alexander Payne; Writer: Tim Taylor, Alexander Payne, based on the novel by Tom Perrotta; Stars: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Phil Reeves, Molly Hagan, Delaney Driscoll, Mark Harelik, Colleen Camp, Frankie Ingrassia, Joel Parks)
Scathing high school comedy.
Felicia's Journey (Country: US/UK/Canada; Year: 1999; Director: Atom Egoyan; Writer: Atom Egoyan, based on the novel by William Trevor; Stars: Bob Hoskins, Elaine Cassidy, Arsinee Khanjian, Sheila Reid, Peter McDonald, Gerard McSorley, Brid Brennan, Claire Benedict)
The obsession of a catering manager for a young girl from Cork.
The Five Senses (Country: Canada; Year: 1999; Director: Jeremy Podeswa; Writer: Jeremy Podeswa; Stars: Mary Louise Parker, Daniel MacIvor, Gabrielle Rose, Molly Parker, Nadia Litz, Phillipe Volter)
Ensemble piece as characters' lives cross after the disappearance of a toddler.
Run Lola Run Run Lola Run
Run Lola Run and Light Sleeper
Following (Country: UK; Year: 1998; Director: Christopher Nolan; Writer: Christopher Nolan; Stars: Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell, John Nolan, Dick Bradsell, Gillian El-Kadi, Jennifer Angel)
A writer hooks up with a thief in a tale of cross and double-cross.
Go (Country: US; Year: 1999; Director: Doug Liman; Writer: John August; Stars: Katie Holmes, Sarah Polley, Suzanne Krull, Desmond Askew, Nathan Bexton, Robert Peters, Scott Wolf, Jay Mohr, Timothy Olyphant, Jodi Bianca Wise, William Fichtner)
A sex-drugs-and-rave-till-you-cave flick?
Gregory's Two Girls (Country: UK; Year: 1998; Director: Bill Forsyth; Writer: Bill Forsyth; Stars: Carly McKinnon, John Gordon Sinclair, John Murtagh, Hugh McCue, Dougray Scott, Martin Schwab, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Alexander Morton, William Harkness, Albert Coulson, Paul Birchard)
Gregory as schoolteacher, 20 years on from Forsyth's original, fantasises about a pupil while a fellow teacher tries to win his heart.
Herr Zwilling Und Frau Zuckermann (Country: Germany; Year: 1999; Director: Volker Koepp; Stars: Martin Zwilling, Rosa Roth Zuckermann)
Documentary about two Jews living in Austria, in the shadow of the past.
Himalaya - L'Enfance D'un Chef (Himalaya, Caravan) (Country: France / Nepal / Switzerland / UK; Year: 1999; Director: Eric Valli; Writer: Eric Valli, Olivier Dazat; Stars: Thilen Lhondup, Gurgon Kyap, Karma Wangiel, Lhapka Tsamchoe, Karma Tensing Nyima Lama)
Older and younger generation clash as Tibetan villagers make annual trek across mountains.
Show Me Love Show Me Love
Show Me Love and Ratcatcher
Humanity (L'Humanité) (Country: France; Year: 1999; Director: Bruno Dumont; Writer: Bruno Dumont; Stars: Emmanuel Schott, Sverine Caneele, Philippe Tullier, Ghislain Ghesquiree, Ginette Allegre)
Investigation into the rape and murder of a little girl in Northern France.
I Could Read The Sky (Country: UK; Year: 1999; Director: Nichola Bruce; Writer: Nichola Bruce, based on the novel by Timothy O'Grady; Stars: Dermot Healy, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Brenden Coyle)
An elderly man considers his past.
Janice Beard: 45 Wpm (Country: UK; Year: 1999; Director: Clare Kilner; Writer: Clare Kilner, Ben Hopkins; Stars: Eileen Walsh, Rhys Ifans, Patsy Kensit, David O'Hara, Sandra Voe, Frances Grey, Zittar Sattar, Amelia Curtis, Mossie Smith, Sarah McVicar)
A small town girl goes to the big city and falls for the wrong kind of guy.
Journey to the Sun (Günese Yolculuk ) (Country: Turkey/Germany/Netherlands; Year: 1999; Director: Yesim Ustaoglu; Writer: Yesin Ustaoglu; Stars: Nazimi Oirix, Newroz Baz, Mizgin Kapazan, Ara Guler)
A Kurdish emigre tries to take his friend's body home.
Judy Berlin (Country: US; Year: 1997; Director: Eric Mendelsohn; Writer: Eric Mendelsohn; Stars: Barbara Barrie, Bob Dishey, Edie Falco, Aaron Halnick, Madeline Kahn, Ane Meara, Julie Kavner)
A celebration of urban alienation.
Wild Side Wild Side
Wild Side and Taxi
Karnaval (Country: France; Year: 1999; Director: Thomas Vincent; Stars: Amar Ben Abdallah, Sylvie Testud, Richard Boidin, Clovis Cornillac, Dominique Baeyens, JeanPaul Rouve, Thierry Bertein)
Anything goes at the carnival.
The Last September (Country: UK; Year: 1999; Director: Deborah Warner; Writer: John Banville; Stars: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Jane BIrkin, Keeley Hawes, Fiona Shaw, Lambert Wilson)
The decline of the Anglo-Irish gentry of the Twenties, as seen through the eyes of one family.
L'Ennui (Country: France; Year: 1998; Director: Cedric Khan; Writer: Laurence Ferreira Barbosa, Cedric Khan, based on the novel by Alberto Moravia; Stars: Charles Berling, Sophie Guilemin, Arielle Dombisle, Robert Kramer, Alice Grey, Maurice Antoni, Tom Ouedraogo)
A schoolteacher becomes obssessed with a woman half his age.
Light Sleeper (Country: US; Year: 1992; Director: Paul Schrader; Writer: Paul Schrader; Stars: Willem Dafoe, Susan Sarandon, Dana Delany, David Clennon, Mary Beth Hurt, Victor Garber, Jane Adams)
A drug dealer 'sleep walking' through life begins to wonder about his trade.
Limbo (Country: US; Year: 1999; Director: John Sayles; Writer: John Sayles; Stars: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, David Strathairn, Vanessa Martinez, Kris Kristofferson, Casey Siemaszko, Dawn McInturff, Kathryn Grody, Tom Biss)
Ensemble drama about secrets in smalltown Alaska.
Journey to the Sun Journey to the Sun
Journey to the Sun and The Five Senses
Lancelot Of The Lake (Lancelot Du Lac, Le Graal, The Grail) (Country: France; Year: 1974; Director: Robert Bresson; Writer: Robert Bresson, based on the story by Chrétien de Troyes; Stars: Luc Simon, Laura Duke Condominas, Humbert Balsan, Vladimir Antolek-Oresek, Patrick Bernhard, Arthur de Montalembert)
Stripped down version of the Arthurian legend.
Lola and Bilidikid (Lola + Bilidikid, Lola And Billy The Kid) (Country: Germany; Year: 1999; Director: Kutlug Ataman; Writer: Kutlug Ataman; Stars: Gandi Mukli, Erdal Yildiz, Baki Davrak, Inge Keller, Celal Perk, Mesut Ozdemir)
A young Turkish man in Berlin discovers his homosexuality.
Marcie's Dowry (Country: UK; Year: 1999; Director: David Mackenzie; Writer: Bill Chamberlain; Stars: Edward Woodward, Sheila Donald, Kevin McKidd, Marsali Stewart)
A tale of blackmail, gangsters and a policeman's wedding.
Mifune (Mifunes Sidste Sang, Mifune's Last Song, Mifune - Dogme 3) (Country: Denmark, Sweden; Year: 1999; Director: Soren Kragh Jacobsen; Writer: Soren Kragh Jacobsen; Stars: Anders W Berthelsen, Iben Hjejle, Jesper Asholt, Sofie Grabel, Emil Tarding, Anders Hove)
A man who has lied about his family has to come clean when his father dies.
Mouchette (Country: France; Year: 1967; Director: Robert Bresson; Writer: Robert Bresson, based on the book by Georges Bernanos; Stars: Nadine Nortier, Jean-Claude Guilbert, Maria Cardinal, Paul Herbert, Jean Vimenet, Marie Susini)
Life is tough for a young girl in the country.
Wonderland Wonderland
Wonderland and The War Zone
New Eve (La Nouvelle Eve) (Country: France; Year: 1999; Director: Catherine Corsini; Writer: Catherine Corsini, Marc Syrigas; Stars: Karin Viard, Pierre-Loup Raiot, Catherine Frot, Sergi Lopez, Mireille Roussel, Nozha Khouadra, Laurent Lucas, Valentine Vidal)
A chance encounter leads to obssession.
Peau Neuve (New Dawn) (Country: France; Year: 1999; Director: Emilie Deleuze; Writer: Emilie Deleuze , Laurent Guyot, Guy Laurent ; Stars: Samuel Libihan, Marcial di Fonzo Bo, Catherine Vinatier, Claire Nebout, Fabien Lucciarini, Candice Dufour)
A family man struggles with love and friendship.
The Personals (Zheng hun qi shi) (Country: Taiwan; Year: 1998; Director: Rene Liu; Writer: Kuo-Fu Chen, Shih-chieh Chen; Stars: Rene Liu, Chen Chaojung, Wu Pai, Chin Shihchih, Ku Paoming, Shih Yinan)
A girl splits up with her boyfriend and goes on a series of blind dates after placing a personal ad.
Poached (Country: UK; Year: 1999; Director: Justin Molotnikov; Writer: Justin Molotnikov; Stars: Louise Goodall, Iain Robertson, Malcolm Shields)
Story of two lads taking salmon from a river.
Pushing Tin (Country: USA; Year: 1999; Director: Mike Newell; Writer: Glen Charles based on the article by Darcy Frey; Stars: John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie, Jake Weber, Kurt Fuller)
A feud sparks up between air traffic controllers.
Cookie's Fortune Cookie's Fortune
Cookie's Fortune and The Blair Witch Project
Praise (Country: Australia; Year: 1998; Director: John Curran; Writer: Andrew McGahan, adapted from his own novel; Stars: Peter Fenton, Sacha Horler, Marta Dusseldorp, Joel Edgerton, Yvette Duncan, Ray Bull)
Boy meets girl, boy shags girl, boy loses girl.
Redball (Country: Australia; Year: 1998; Director: Jon Hewitt; Writer: Jon Hewitt; Stars: Belinda McClory, John Brumpton, Frank Magree, Peter Docker, Anthea Davis, Neil Pigot, Damien Richardson, James Young, Robert Morgan, Pauline Terry-Beitz, Daniel Wyllie, Chris Hatzis)
Two cops hunt a child-killer.
A Room For Romeo Brass (Country: UK, Canada; Year: 1999; Director: Shane Meadows; Writer: Paul Fraser, Shane Meadows; Stars: Martin Arrowsmith, Dave Blant, Darren O. Campbell, Paddy Considine, Shaun Fields, Julia Ford, Ladene Hall, Frank Harper, Nicholas Harvey, James Higgins, Bob Hoskins)
Young lads develop a friendship across racial boundaries.
Rosetta (Country: Belgium; Year: 1999; Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne; Writer: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne; Stars: Emilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione, Anne Yernaux, Olivier Gourmet)
An isolated teen hunts for a job... and friendship.
Ratcatcher (Country: UK; Year: 1999; Director: Lynne Ramsay; Writer: Lynne Ramsay; Stars: William Eadie, Tommy Flanagan, Mandy Matthews, Michelle Stewart, Lynne Ramsay Jr., Leanne Mullen, John Miller, Jackie Quinn)
An insight into the anguish of a young boy in the wake of a tragic accident.
Election Election
Election and Felicia's Journey
A Reasonable Man (Country: France, South Africa; Year: 1999; Director: Gavin Hood; Writer: Gavin Hood; Stars: Gavin Hood, Nigel Hawthorne, Janine Eser, Nandi Nyembe, Ian Roberts, Vusi Kunene)
Courtroom drama about a herdsman accused of killing a baby.
Romance (Country: France; Year: 1999; Director: Catherine Breillat; Writer: Catherine Breillat; Stars: Caroline Ducey, Sagamore Stévenin, François Berléand, Rocco Siffredi, Reza Habouhossein, Ashley Wanninger, Emma Colberti, Fabien de Jomaron, Carla, Pierre Maufront, Antoine Amador)
A woman whose boyfriend refuses to have sex with her begins to embrace sadomasochism.
Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt) (Country: Germany; Year: 1998; Director: Tom Tykwer; Writer: Tom Tykwer; Stars: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri, Armin Rohde, Joachim Król, Ludger Pistor, Suzanne von Borsody, Sebastian Schipper, Julia Lindig, Lars Rudolph)
A woman has 20 minutes to find cash and save her boyfriend.
Rushmore (Country: USA; Year: 1998; Director: Wes Anderson; Writer: Wes Anderson; Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Seymour Cassel, Brian Cox, Mason Gamble, Sara Tanaka, Stephen McCole, Connie Nielsen, Luke Wilson, Dipak Pallana)
Comic look at life in a private school.
Show Me Love (Fucking Åmål) (Country: Sweden/Denmark; Year: 1998; Director: Lukas Moodysson; Writer: Lukas Moodysson; Stars: Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecka Liljeberg, Erica Carlson, Mathias Rust, Stefan Hörberg, Ralph Carlsson, Maria Hedborg, Axel Widegren, Jill Ung, Lisa Skagerstam, Josefine Nyberg)
A teenaged girl develops a crush on her female pal.
Dreaming Of Joseph Lees Dreaming Of Joseph Lees
Dreaming Of Joseph Lees and Pushing Tin
Siam Sunset (Country: Australia; Year: 1999; Director: John Polson; Writer: Max Dann, Andrew Knight; Stars: Linus Roache, Danielle Cormack, Ian Bliss, Roy Billing, Alan Brough, Rebecca Hobbs, Terry Kenwrick, Deidre Rubenstein, Peter Hosking, Victoria Eagger, Robert Menzies)
A man hooks up with a group of eccentrics on a roadtrip after the death of his wife.
Simon Magus (Country: UK; Year: 1999; Director: Ben Hopkins; Writer: Ben Hopkins; Stars: Noah Taylor, Stuart Townsend, Sean McGinley, Embeth Davidtz, Amanda Ryan, Rutger Hauer, Ian Holm, Terence Rigby, Toby Jones, Jim Dunk, Ursula Jones)
A new railroad spells trouble for a small town.
Taxi (Country: France; Year: 1998; Director: Gerard Peres; Writer: Luc Besson; Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard, Manuela Gourary, Emma Sjöberg, Bernard Farcy, Georges Neri, Guy Quang, Maurice Murcia, Sabine Bail, Dan Herzberg)
A wannabe taxi driver finds himself hooked up with a bungling cop, investigating a bank heist.
The Trench (La Tranchee) (Country: UK, France; Year: 1999; Director: William Boyd; Writer: William Boyd; Stars: Paul Nicholls, Daniel Craig, Julian RhindTutt, Danny Dyer, James D'Arcy, Tam Williams)
The 48 hours in the trenches leading up to the Battle of the Somme.
Trick (Country: US; Year: 1999; Director: Jim Fall; Writer: Jason Schafer; Stars: Christian Campbell, John Paul Pitoc, Tori Spelling, Lorri Bagley, Brad Beyer)
Two gay men have a night of misadventures in Manhattan.
Trick Trick
Trick and A Reasonable Man
The Thomas Crown Affair (Country: US; Year: 1999; Director: John McTiernan; Writer: Leslie Dixon, Kurt Wimmer, based on the story by Alan Trustman; Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary, Ben Gazzara, Frankie Faison, Fritz Weaver, Charles Keating, Mark Margolis, Faye Dunaway, Michael Lombard, Bill Ambrozy)
Upperclass thief tries to outwit the police in superior remake.
The War Zone (Zona di guerra) (Country: UK; Year: 1999; Director: Tim Roth; Writer: Alexander Stuart; Stars: Tilda Swinton, Ray Winstone, Lara Belmont, Freddie Cunliffe, Aisling O'Sullivan, Kate Ashfield, Ray Winstone, Colin Farrell)
Repression and sexual abuse haunt a family.
Welcome To Hollywood (Country: US; Year: 2000; Director: Tony Markes, Adam Rifkin; Writer: Adam Rifkin based on the story by Tony Markes; Stars: Angie Everhart, Nick Decker, Adam Rifkin)
Mockumentary about an actor and director aiming to find 15 minutes of fame in La La Land.
Whispering Corridors (Yeogo Goedam) (Country: South Korea; Year: 1998; Director: Park Ki-hyung; Writer: In Jeong-ok, Park Ki-hyung; Stars: Lee Mi-youn, Kim Kyn-li, Choi Sae-yun, Park Jin-hee, Yoon Ji-hae)
Ghostly murder at a South Korean girls school.
Wild Side (Donald Camell's Wild Side) (Country: UK; Year: 1995; Director: Donald Cammell; Writer: China Kong, Donald Cammell; Stars: Christopher Walken, Anne Heche, Joan Chen, Steven Bauer, Allen Garfield, Adam Novack)
A banker who moonlights as a call girl gets caught up in the life of a moneylaunderer and his wife.
Whispering Corridors Whispering Corridors
Whispering Corridors and An Affair
Wonderland (Country: UK; Year: 1999; Director: Michael Winterbottom; Writer: Laurence Coriat; Stars: Enzo Cilenti, Shirley Henderson, Gina McKee, Molly Parker, Ian Hart, John Simm, Stuart Townsend, Kika Markham, Jack Shepherd, Sarah-Jane Potts, David Fahm)
Ensemble drama about the lifes and loves of the working class in London.
The Winslow Boy (Country: USA; Year: 1999; Director: David Mamet; Writer: David Mamet based on the play by Terence Rattigan; Stars: Nigel Hawthorne, Jeremy Nathan, Rebecca Pidgeon, Gemma Jones, Guy Edwards, Matthew Pidgeon)
After his son is expelled from school for stealing, his father risks everything to restore his good name.
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