1999 Foreign Language Films

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1. Manuelita (1999)

G | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Animated Argentine film about a young girl turtle who gets lost on a balloon trip.

Director: Manuel García Ferré | Stars: Rosario Sánchez Almada, Pelusa Suero, Ariel Abadi, Enrique Conlazo

Votes: 363

Argentina

2. Nordrand (1999)

103 min | Drama

Vienna, 1995. Jasmin, Tamara, Valentin, Senad and Roman live near the northern border of Austria. Their lives repeatedly intersect and drift apart. The characters involved are young ... See full summary »

Director: Barbara Albert | Stars: Nina Proll, Edita Malovcic, Astrit Alihajdaraj, Tudor Chirila

Votes: 502

Austria

3. Rosetta (1999)

R | 95 min | Drama

76 Metascore

Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Émilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione, Anne Yernaux, Olivier Gourmet

Votes: 11,558 | Gross: $0.26M

Belgium

4. The Cup (1999)

G | 93 min | Comedy, Sport

70 Metascore

While the soccer World Cup is being played in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery/boarding school in exile in India. Its atmosphere of serene contemplation is somewhat ... See full summary »

Director: Khyentse Norbu | Stars: Orgyen Tobgyal, Neten Chokling, Jamyang Lodro, Lama Chonjor

Votes: 2,772 | Gross: $1.07M

Bhutan

5. Orfeu (1999)

110 min | Crime, Drama, Music

52 Metascore

In a dangerous but human Rio's slum, rises the love affair betwen Orfeu and Eurídice, provoking jealousy and violence in times of carnival.

Director: Carlos Diegues | Stars: Toni Garrido, Patrícia França, Murilo Benício, Zezé Motta

Votes: 815 | Gross: $0.10M

Brazil

6. Set Me Free (1999)

95 min | Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

Canadian/Swiss/French production that tells the tale of Hannah, a tomboyish 13 year-old hitting puberty in 1963. An unhappy and uncomfortable family life leads Hannah to seek escapism in the world of cinema. Specifically, she repeatedly watches and appears enthralled by Anna Karina, the character from Jean-Luc Godard's "Vivre sa vie" (1962) about a Parisian woman's descent into prostitution. Her ... See full summary »

Director: Léa Pool | Stars: Karine Vanasse, Pascale Bussières, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Alexandre Mérineau

Votes: 864 | Gross: $0.07M

Canada

7. Heart of China (1999)

105 min | Drama, War

The film tells the story of a grounded American pilot during the Second World War who learns about the noble spirit of the Chinese poeple when he is rescued by the communist-led Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Xiaoning Feng | Stars: Jing Ning, Paul Kersey, Xinjun Wang, Tumen

Votes: 241

China

8. Golpe de estadio (1998)

105 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

An oil company has set up a camp for geological research in a small village in Colombia that have been named New Texas so it becomes the target of the guerrillas holding constant clashes ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Cabrera | Stars: Emma Suárez, Nicolás Montero, César Mora, Flavio Caballero

Votes: 369

Colombia

9. Red Dust (1999)

105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Wistful croquis of the neigborhood in western Zagreb at the beggining of the '90's.

Director: Zrinko Ogresta | Stars: Josip Kuchan, Marko Matanovic, Ivo Gregurevic, Slaven Knezovic

Votes: 391

Croatia

10. The Idiot Returns (1999)

99 min | Romance, Comedy, Drama

Frantisek, the main character is returning to his family. Until now he's been, "successfully" avoiding all relationships. He is an ingenuous and a pure person and thus, is regarded as an ... See full summary »

Director: Sasa Gedeon | Stars: Pavel Liska, Anna Geislerová, Tatiana Vilhelmová, Jirí Langmajer

Votes: 910

Czech Republic

11. Mifune (1999)

R | 98 min | Romance, Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

Kresten's dad dies and he returns to the farm on Lolland to take care of things incl. his retarded brother. He employs a hooker as maid. He loses wife and job due to lies. The maid's kid brother moves in and they're a family of 4.

Director: Søren Kragh-Jacobsen | Stars: Iben Hjejle, Anders W. Berthelsen, Jesper Asholt, Emil Tarding

Votes: 7,215 | Gross: $0.59M

Denmark

12. The Tough Ones (1999)

105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Häjyt tells a story of two friends who have a hard time finding their place in the society. Antti and Jussi are released from jail. While they were doing time for bank robbery, the third ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksi Mäkelä | Stars: Samuli Edelmann, Juha Veijonen, Teemu Lehtilä, Kalevi Haapoja

Votes: 4,496

Finland

13. East/West (1999)

PG-13 | 121 min | Adventure, Drama, History

61 Metascore

June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or ... See full summary »

Director: Régis Wargnier | Stars: Oleg Menshikov, Sandrine Bonnaire, Catherine Deneuve, Sergey Bodrov

Votes: 4,381 | Gross: $2.78M

France

15. Aimee & Jaguar (1999)

Not Rated | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

In 1943 Berlin, a Nazi officer's wife meets and starts a passionate affair with a Jewish woman.

Director: Max Färberböck | Stars: Maria Schrader, Juliane Köhler, Johanna Wokalek, Heike Makatsch

Votes: 5,781 | Gross: $0.93M

Germany

16. From the Edge of the City (1998)

Unrated | 94 min | Crime, Drama

47 Metascore

A group of Pontian Greek immigrant teenage dreamers dwelling marginalised in the notorious and lustreless wild suburbia, witness the city's repulsive face and an unrelenting world defined by prostitution, drugs, and inevitably, loss.

Director: Constantine Giannaris | Stars: Stathis Papadopoulos, Costas Kotsianidis, Panayiotis Hartomatzidis, Dimitris Papoulidis

Votes: 1,204

Greece

17. Ordinary Heroes (1999)

128 min | Drama

Ordinary Heroes is a 1999 Cantonese-language film directed by Ann Hui. It was co-produced by Hong Kong and China. It concerns social reform activists in Hong Kong. The film's Chinese title ... See full synopsis »

Director: Ann Hui | Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Kwan-Ho Tse, Mo-Chan Chik

Votes: 229

Hong Kong

19. The Honour of the House (1999)

98 min | Drama

A hypocritical and selfish older sister holds power over her younger sister by hiding the shame of her pregnancy.

Director: Guðný Halldórsdóttir | Stars: Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir, Ragnhildur Gísladóttir, Agneta Ekmanner, Rúrik Haraldsson

Votes: 155

Iceland

20. Earth (1998)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Romance, War

71 Metascore

It's 1947 and the borderlines between India and Pakistan are being drawn. A young girl witnesses tragedy as her ayah (nanny) is caught between the love of two men and the rising tide of political and religious violence.

Director: Deepa Mehta | Stars: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna, Maia Sethna

Votes: 6,974 | Gross: $0.53M

India

21. Sri (1999)

102 min | Drama

Sri is a village girl married to Hendro, a 70-year old Javanese aristocrat. When Hendro falls ill, she has to nurse him back to health and negotiates with the God of Death not to take him away.

Director: Marselli Sumarno | Stars: Rini Ariyanti, Sardono W. Kusumo, R.M.T. Ronosuripto, Niniek L. Karim

Indonesia

22. The Color of Paradise (1999)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Family

80 Metascore

The story of Mohammed, a blind Iranian boy and his father, Hashem, who is always oscillating between accepting his son as he is and abandoning him, as he represents a burden for him, after the loss of his wife.

Director: Majid Majidi | Stars: Hossein Mahjoub, Mohsen Ramezani, Salameh Feyzi, Farahnaz Safari

Votes: 14,192 | Gross: $1.81M

Iran

23. Yana's Friends (1999)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

Three parallel strories of immigrants in Tel Aviv during the Gulf War and about coming together while sealed in a room during the Scud attacks.

Director: Arik Kaplun | Stars: Evelyn Kaplun, Nir Levy, Shmil Ben Ari, Mosko Alkalai

Votes: 522 | Gross: $0.06M

Israel

24. Not of This World (1999)

100 min | Drama

The rumpled owner of a dry-cleaning firm joins forces with a nun to care for an abandoned baby.

Director: Giuseppe Piccioni | Stars: Margherita Buy, Silvio Orlando, Carolina Freschi, Maria Cristina Minerva

Votes: 725

Italy

25. Railroad Man (1999)

112 min | Drama

A solitary middle-aged station manager is haunted by troubling memories of his past when he learns the line his station is on will be decommissioned for lack of profitability. He is visited... See full summary »

Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Ken Takakura, Shinobu Ôtake, Ryôko Hirosue, Hidetaka Yoshioka

Votes: 755

Japan

26. Around the Pink House (1999)

92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

La Maison Rose (The Pink House) is an old mansion in Beirut. It is the place where the Nawfal family found shelter during the Civil War and in which they feel good. Unfortunately for them, ... See full summary »

Directors: Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige | Stars: Hanane Abboud, Fadi Abi Samra, Anne-Marie Afif, Asma Andraos

Votes: 68

Lebanon

27. No One Writes to the Colonel (1999)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

Every Friday, the Colonel puts on his only suit and goes to the dock to await a letter announcing the arrival of his pension. But the townsfolk all know that this pension will never come. ... See full summary »

Director: Arturo Ripstein | Stars: Fernando Luján, Marisa Paredes, Salma Hayek, Rafael Inclán

Votes: 971

Mexico

28. Himalaya (1999)

108 min | Drama

73 Metascore

An aging chief's last stand, lessons for the new, and the education of a young chief-to-be played against harsh Nature in Nepal's Dolpo. When his son dies returning from Tibet's salt lakes,... See full summary »

Directors: Eric Valli, Michel Debats | Stars: Thilen Lhondup, Gurgon Kyap, Lhakpa Tsamchoe, Karma Wangel

Votes: 4,847 | Gross: $2.48M

Nepal

29. Madelief: Krassen in het tafelblad (1998)

85 min | Drama, Family

When Madelief's grandmother dies, her mother takes her to the funeral. She then visits her grandfather, but quickly gets bored, until Mischa tells her how much fun a rural summer can be. ... See full summary »

Director: Ineke Houtman | Stars: Madelief Verelst, Giulia Fleury, Rijk de Gooyer, Peter Blok

Votes: 411

Netherlands

30. Suffløsen (1999)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Siv works as a prompter for the Norwegian opera. As the rehearsals for Aida starts, she marries a demanding man, Fred, who still has a strong connection to his ex-wife. Starting at her ... See full summary »

Director: Hilde Heier | Stars: Hege Schøyen, Sven Nordin, Philip Zandén, Anne-Lise Berntsen

Votes: 207

Norway

31. Captain Pantoja and the Special Services (1999)

R | 137 min | Comedy, Drama

51 Metascore

The Peruvian army captain Pantaleon Pantoja, a very serious and efficient officer, is chosen by his superiors to set up a special service of 'visitors' to satisfy the sexual needs of the ... See full summary »

Director: Francisco J. Lombardi | Stars: Angie Cepeda, Salvador del Solar, Mónica Sánchez, Pilar Bardem

Votes: 2,215

Peru

32. The Kite (1999)

85 min | Drama

Though widowed ex-cop Homer is a kindly father to his ten-year old son Rex, he is considered to be something of a bully in the poor Manila neighborhood that he lives. After mistaking a ... See full summary »

Director: Gil Portes | Stars: Ricky Davao, Lester Llansang, Jennifer Sevilla, Roy Alvarez

Votes: 15

Philippines

33. Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania (1999)

Not Rated | 147 min | Drama, History, Romance

In the early 1810s, Poles, part of Russia's client state of Lithuania, think independence will come if they join forces with Napoleon when he invades Russia. This unity of purpose, in one ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Boguslaw Linda, Daniel Olbrychski, Grazyna Szapolowska, Andrzej Seweryn

Votes: 2,683

Poland

34. The Mutants (1998)

113 min | Drama

Three homeless teenage rejects struggle to survive together. Of them, Andreia is pregnant, while Pedro and Ricardo hustle, steal and are exploited by a pornographer.

Director: Teresa Villaverde | Stars: Ana Moreira, Alexandre Pinto, Nelson Varela, Alexandra Lencastre

Votes: 516

Portugal

35. The Famous Paparazzo (1999)

82 min | Drama, Action

A tabloid photographer is given the assignment to follow a politician suspected to have sexual relations with an underage girl.

Director: Nicolae Margineanu | Stars: Marcel Iures, Maria Ploae, Gheorghe Dinica, Alexandru Repan

Votes: 166

Romania

36. Moloch (1999)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

In 1942, in Bavaria, Eva Braun is alone, when Adolf Hitler arrives with Dr. Josef Goebbels and his wife Magda Goebbels and Martin Bormann to spend a couple of days without talking politics.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Elena Rufanova, Leonid Mozgovoy, Irina Sokolova, Yelena Spiridonova

Votes: 2,058

Russia

37. All My Loved Ones (1999)

91 min | Drama, Music, War

50 Metascore

Told from the perspective of man reflecting on his childhood in Prague in the early years of World War 2 and the eventual destruction of his family as the Nazis rise to power.

Director: Matej Minac | Stars: Rupert Graves, Josef Abrhám, Jirí Bartoska, Libuse Safránková

Votes: 440

Slovakia

38. All About My Mother (1999)

R | 101 min | Drama

87 Metascore

Young Esteban wants to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his second mother, a trans woman, carefully concealed by his mother Manuela.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan

Votes: 81,212 | Gross: $8.26M

Spain

39. Under the Sun (1998)

130 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Olof lives alone on a farm after the death of his mother. Unable to read and write, he is dependent on his younger friend, Erik. Olof advertises for a housekeeper, and Ellen arrives. During summer Olof's heart and Erik's desires develops.

Director: Colin Nutley | Stars: Rolf Lassgård, Helena Bergström, Johan Widerberg, Gunilla Röör

Votes: 2,165 | Gross: $0.29M

Sweden

40. Beresina oder Die letzten Tage der Schweiz (1999)

108 min | Comedy

An innocent Russian call girl believes that she would make use of her influential contacts to get Swiss nationality.

Director: Daniel Schmid | Stars: Elena Panova, Geraldine Chaplin, Martin Benrath, Ulrich Noethen

Votes: 491

Switzerland

41. Luna Papa (1999)

107 min | Comedy, Drama

The unborn child of Mamlakat (Khamatova) is telling her story. She is 17, beautiful and vivacious, and dreaming secretly of becoming an actress. She lives with her father and brother (... See full summary »

Director: Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov | Stars: Chulpan Khamatova, Moritz Bleibtreu, Ato Mukhamedzhanov, Merab Ninidze

Votes: 2,960

Tajikistan

42. Tian ma cha fang (1999)

93 min | Drama, History, Romance

1945-1947, Taiwan. A teenage couple were deeply in love despite objections from the girl's family. Their tragic story is played out in travelling troupes, tea-houses and western-style cafes... See full summary »

Director: Cheng-sheng Lin | Stars: Giong Lim, Shu-shen Hsiao, Grace Chen, Kun-chang Chen

Votes: 92

Taiwan

43. Salkim Hanim'in Taneleri (1999)

120 min | Drama, History

Set during the period of the Varlik Vergisi (Property Tax-1942) where many non-Muslims were forced to pay higher taxes, often in an arbitrary and unrealistic way. Around two thousand ... See full summary »

Director: Tomris Giritlioglu | Stars: Zafer Algöz, Hülya Avsar, Güven Kiraç, Zuhal Olcay

Votes: 1,128

Turkey

44. Solomon & Gaenor (1999)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

A tragic love story between a Jewish young man and a Welsh woman in the beginning of the century. The movie is mostly in English with parts in Welsh and Yiddish

Director: Paul Morrison | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Nia Roberts, Sue Jones-Davies, William Thomas

Votes: 1,095 | Gross: $0.30M

United Kingdom

45. Glue Sniffer (1999)

105 min | Drama

Oliver, an 11-year-old boy thrown out of his home by his abusive stepfather, joins a gang of street children and is exposed to narcotics, violence and sexual predators, and the world of crime seems to be the only road available.

Director: Elia K. Schneider | Stars: José Gregorio Rivas, Alfredo Medina, Luis Campos Pelón, Pedro Lander

Votes: 226

Venezuela

46. Three Seasons (1999)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama

An American in Ho Chi Minh City looks for a daughter he fathered during the war. He meets Woody, a child who's a street vendor, and when Woody's case of wares disappears, he thinks the ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Bui | Stars: Ngoc Hiep Nguyen, Ngoc Minh, Phat Trieu Hoang, Diem Kieu

Votes: 2,945 | Gross: $2.02M

Vietnam

47. The White Suit (1999)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

A sergeant officer lives a life of a loner, reads literary classics and dreams about acting. On his journey by train, he madly falls in love with a prostitute, but her pimp - another ... See full summary »

Director: Lazar Ristovski | Stars: Lazar Ristovski, Radmila Shchyogoleva, Dragan Nikolic, Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic

Votes: 784

Yugoslavia



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