South (1999)

CHANTAL AKERMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5 Original Title: Sud France/Belgium, 1999. Audiovisuel Multimedia International Production, Carré Noir, Chemah I.S., Institut National de L’Audiovisuel, La Sept-Arte, Paradise Films, Radio Television Belge Francophone, Yleisradio. Screenplay by Chantal Akerman. Cinematography by Rémon Fromont. Produced by Xavier Carniaux. Film Editing by Claire Atherton. Chantal Akerman was developing…

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The Wind Will Carry Us (1999)

ABBAS KIAROSTAMI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: Bad ma ra khahad bord Iran/France, 1999. MK2 Productions. Screenplay by Abbas Kiarostami, from an idea by Mahmoud Aiden. Cinematography by Mahmoud Kalari. Produced by Marin Karmitz, Abbas Kiarostami. Music by Peyman Yazdanian. Film Editing by Abbas Kiarostami. Abbas Kiarostami allows images and experiences to…

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Sunshine (1999)

ISTVAN SZABO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Germany/Austria/Canada/Hungary/France/United Kingdom/USA, 1999. Alliance Atlantis Communications, Bavaria Film and Television Fund, Channel Four Films, Dor Film Produktionsgesellschaft, Eurimages, Filmfonds Wien, Hungarian Motion Picture Fund, ISL Film, InterCom, Serendipity Point Films, Starhaus Filmproduktion, TV2, The Movie Network, Telefilm Canada, Osterreichischer Rundfunk. Story by István Szabó, Screenplay by István…

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Nowhere To Hide (1999)

MYUNG-SE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB Original Title: Injeong sajeong bol geot eobtda South Korea, 1999. Cinema Service, Fox Video Korea, Kookmin Venture Capital, Samboo Finance Entertainment, Taewon Entertainment. Screenplay by Myung-se Lee. Cinematography by Kwang-Seok Jeong, Haeng-Ki Song. Music by Sung-woo Jo. Film Editing by Im-Pyo Ko. A standard police thriller plot…

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Taboo (1999)

NAGISA OSHIMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original Title: Gohatto Japan/France/United Kingdom, 1999. Oshima Productions, Shochiku, Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Imagica Corp., BS Asahi, Eisei Gekijo, Bac Films, Le Studio Canal+, Recorded Picture Company.  Screenplay by Nagisa Oshima, based on the novel by Ryôtarô Shiba.  Cinematography by Toyomichi Kurita.  Produced by Shigehiro Nishimura, Eiko…

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Juha (1999)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   Finland, 1999.  Sputnik.  Screenplay by Aki Kaurismaki, based on the novel by Juhani Aho.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Aki Kaurismaki.  Music by Anssi Tikanmäki.  Production Design by Markku Pätilä.  Costume Design by Marja-Leena Hukkanen.  Film Editing by Aki Kaurismaki.   Aki Kaurismaki films a Postman Always Rings Twice-type story in the vein of a Dreyer silent in this…

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Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (1999)

JIM JARMUSCH Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  France/Germany/USA/Japan, 1999.  Pandora Filmproduktion, Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Degeto Film, Plywood Productions, Bac Films, Canal+, JVC Entertainment Networks.  Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch.  Cinematography by Robby Muller.  Produced by Richard Guay, Jim Jarmusch.  Music by RZA.  Production Design by Ted Berner.  Costume Design by John Dunn.  Film Editing by Jay Rabinowitz.   Forest Whitaker is…

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Desert Heat (Inferno) (1999)

JOHN G. AVILDSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA/France, 1999.  Long Road Productions, KPI Productions, Lomax Productions, PM Entertainment Group.  Screenplay by Tom O’Rourke.  Cinematography by Ross A. Maehl.  Produced by Evzen Kolar, Lawrence Levy, Jean-Claude Van Damme.  Music by Bill Conti.  Production Design by Michael Novotny.  Costume Design by Mayes C. Rubeo.  Film Editing by J. Douglas Seelig.   Jean-Claude Van Damme stops…

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Models (1999)

ULRICH SEIDL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Austria, 1999.  MR Filmproduktion.  Screenplay by Ulrich Seidl.  Cinematography by Ortrun Bauer, Jerzy Palacz, Hans Selikovsky.  Produced by Kurt J. Mrkwicka.  Film Editing by Christof Schertenleib. Ulrich Seidl’s career-long fascination with exploitation continues as he enlists four women who work in the field of modeling to perform in a fictionalized version of…

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Skin Flick (1999)

BRUCE LA BRUCE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  Alternate title:  Skin Gang Germany/Canada/United Kingdom/Japan, 1999.  CAZZO Film Berlin.  Screenplay by Bruce La Bruce.  Cinematography by James Carman.  Produced by Luis Hoyos.  Music by Gavin Brown.  Production Design by Peter Armstrong.  Costume Design by Edgar Langer.  Film Editing by Jorg Andreas, Manfred Mancini. It’s hard to know where Bruce La Bruce is going with this 67-minute…

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Shower (1999)

YANG ZHANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Xi zao China, 1999.  Imar Film, Xi’an Film Studio.  Screenplay by Shangjun Cai, Yi’nan Diao, Xin Huo, Fendou Liu, Yang Zhang.  Cinematography by Jian Zhang.  Produced by Peter Loehr.  Music by Xiaogang Ye.  Production Design by Meng Tian.  Film Editing by Hongyu Yang.   Funny and touching drama about an emotionally repressed businessman who mistakes a…

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Tea With Mussolini (1999)

FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Italy/United Kingdom, 1999.  Cattleya, Cineritmo, Medusa Film, Film and General Productions.  Screenplay by John Mortimer, based on the autobiography by Franco Zeffirelli.  Cinematography by David Watkin.  Produced by Clive Parsons, Riccardo Tozzi, Giovannella Zannoni.  Music by Stefano Arnaldi, Alessio Vlad.  Production Design by Carlo Centolavigna, Biagio Fersini, Fiorella Mariani.  Costume Design by Anna Anni, Jenny…

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