The King Is Alive

Kristian Levring, Denmark, 2000

110 min.DK/Feature

A group of tourists are stranded in the Namibian desert when their bus loses its way and runs out of fuel. Canned food and dew keep the tourists alive, but they are helplessly entrapped, completely cut off from the rest of the world. As courage and moral fibre weaken and relationships grow shaky, Henry, a theatrical manager, persuades the group to put on Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear. As the tourists work their way through Henry's hand-written scripts, real life increasingly begins to resemble the play.
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Original title The King Is Alive
Danish title The King Is Alive
Other titles Dogme #4
Director Kristian Levring
Screenplay Kristian Levring, Anders Thomas Jensen
Director of Photography Jens Schlosser
Editor Nicholas Wayman Harris
Sound Jan Juhler
Appearance Bruce Davison, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Bradley, Lia Williams
Production country Denmark, United States, Sweden
Dialogue language English,French
Domestic distribution Sandrew Metronome
International sales Good Machine International
Technical info 3007 meter, 35 mm, 1,37:1 Academy, color, Dolby
Danish theatrical release 05.01.2001
Cinemas Palads, Grand, Café Biografen (Odense), Øst for Paradis (Århus)
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11
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Production company
Executive Producer Zentropa Entertainments
Domestic distribution Sandrew Metronome


Direction Kristian Levring


Script Kristian Levring
Script Anders Thomas Jensen


Production Patricia Kruijer
Production Vibeke Windeløv
Production manager Kristina Kornum
Executive producer Christopher Ball
Executive producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Executive producer David Linde
Executive producer William Tyrer


Cinematography Jens Schlosser


Still photographer Anders Overgaard


Editing Nicholas Wayman Harris


Sound Jan Juhler

Visual effects

Title design Simon Bang
Title sequence Simon Bang


Ray Bruce Davison
Gina Jennifer Jason Leigh
Henry David Bradley
Amanda Lia Williams
Paul Chris Walker
Catherine Romane Bohringer
Kanana Peter Khubeke
Charles David Calder
Liz Janet McTeer
Jack Miles Anderson
Ashley Brion James
Moses Vusi Kunene

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