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King is Alive

Synopsis
Feature film emerging from the Dogme 95 manifesto and the first to be filmed outside Scandinavia in the English language. 10 tourists, travelling by bus in the Namibian desert, are stranded when the bus runs out of petrol. Jack, an Australian experienced in desert survival, sets off to find help. When he fails to return the group becomes anxious and ex-actor Harry, who has occupied himself writing down all he can remember from King Lear, suggests that they stage the play. In their despair the characters re-articulate Shakespeare’s vision of nothingness.
Language
English
Country
Denmark; Finland; Norway; Sweden; United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2000
Duration
109 mins; 9,877 feet

Credits

Director
Kristian Levring
Producer
Patricia Kruijer; Vibeke Windelov
Cinematographer
Jens Schlosser
Screenplay
Anders Thomas Jensen; Kristian Levring
Music
Derek Thompson (2)
Cast
Brian JamesAshley
Bruce DavisonRay
Chris WalkerPaul
David BradleyHenry
David CalderCharles
Janet McTeerLiz
Jennifer Jason LeighGina
Lia WilliamsAmanda
Miles AndersonJack
Peter KubhekaKanana
Romane BohringerCatherine
Vusi KuneneMoses

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
King Lear
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Amateur theatre

Notes

Reviews
Reviewed in Sight and Sound Vol. 11, issue 5, May 2001. p. 52-3. Scott-Douglass, Amy ‘Dogme Shakespeare 95: European Cinema, anti-Hollywood sentiment and the Bard’ in Burt, Richard & Boose, Lynda E. Shakespeare the Movie, II: Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, Video and DVD (New York & London: Routledge, 2003), pp. 252-264

Production Company

Name

Danish Broadcasting Corporation

Name

Zentropa Entertainments

Distributor

Name

Pathe Distribution

Phone
020 7323 5151
Fax
020 7631 3568
Address
Kent House
Market Place
London
W1N 8AR

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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