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1999 (film)

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Director  Lenin M. Sivam
Country  Canada
7.6/10 IMDb

Language  Tamil
1999 (film) movie poster
Release date  October 14, 2009 (2009-10-14) (Vancouver International Film Festival) October 23, 2009 (2009-10-23) (Canada)

1999 is a 2009 Canadian crime drama film written and directed by Lenin M. Sivam, world premiered at the 2009 Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF).


The film explores the Toronto Sri Lankan gang scene in the late 90s. With a time frame that spans less than 24 hours, it's a film that attempts to delve deep inside the Tamil gang community. It opens with a shooting that results in the end of a peace treaty between two rival gangs in Scarborough. With investigators closing in and rival gang members out for revenge, 1999 concentrates its time mapping out the toll gang participation takes not only on the individual, but the direct impacts it has on family and community.

The film received the CBC Audience Choice Award at 2010 ReelWorld Film Festival and it became the top 10 Canadian films at Vancouver International Film Festival and it also received Midnight Sun Award at 2010 Oslo Tamil Film Festival.


  • CBC Reel Audience Choice Award, ReelWorld Film Festival in April, 2010
  • Best Film Award (Midnight Sun), Oslo Tamil Film Festival in February, 2010
  • Top 10 Canadian Films, Vancouver International Film Festival in October, 2009
  • Official Selection, Toronto Tamil Studies Conference in May, 2010
  • Best Feature Film Award, Toronto Independent Art Film Society (IAFS) in June, 2010
  • Official Selection, University of Toronto Cinema Studies Student Union (CINSSU) in March, 2010
  • Official Selection, York University Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) in September, 2010
  • Part of the ‘Best Features’ Showcase, Toronto 2010 Moving Image Film Festival (MIFF) in October, 2010
  • Official Selection, Swiss South Indian Film Festival (SSIFF) in October, 2010
  • Official Selection, Illankai Tamil Sangam (ITS) in November, 2010
  • Official Selection, Canadian Tamil Film Festival (CTFF) in January, 2011
  • Official Selection, London Happy Soul Festival (HSF) in June, 2011
  • Best Feature Film Award, Chennai Ulagayutha International Tamil Film Festival (CUITFF) in July, 2011
  • Cast

  • Thussanth Nanthagopal as Anpu
  • Thelepan Somasegaram as Kumar
  • Kaandee Kana as Ahilan
  • Ampalavanar Ketheeswaran as Suntharam
  • K. S. Balachandran as Ahilan’s Grandfather
  • Madona T. Alphonse as Udumpan
  • Vince Jerad as Mathan
  • Deva Gasperson as Moddayan
  • Gobiraj Thiruchelvam as Kannan
  • Ajith Nagarajah as Nanthan
  • Jeron Thanabalasingam as Jeevan
  • Sutha Shan as Aavi
  • Anojan Thavaraja as Sathi
  • Mannoge Rajanan as Murali
  • Satheeskumar Ehamparam as Soonan
  • Visnumathan Vilvaraja as Maranai's brother
  • Thavakumar Ketharanathan as Suganthan
  • Latheepan Tharmanathan as Kiruban
  • Pathmini Rajanan as Selvi Acca
  • Sugunathan Mahendrarajah as Taxi Driver
  • Soundtrack

    The soundtrack of 1999 was composed by Raj Thillaiyampalam except for tracks Struggle and Angel Remix. Struggle and Angel Remix were composed by Hemo from Lyrically Strapped.


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