The King Is Alive

The King Is Alive
Directed by Kristian Levring
Produced by Vibeke Windeløv
Written by Kristian Levring
Anders Thomas Jensen
Starring Miles Anderson
Romane Bohringer
David Bradley
David Calder
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Brion James
Music by Jan Juhler
Cinematography Jens Schlosser
Edited by Nicholas Wayman Harris
Distributed by Nordisk Film Distribution A/S
Release dates
  • 5 January 2001 (2001-01-05)
Running time
109 minutes
Country Denmark
Language English

The King Is Alive is a 2000 film directed by Kristian Levring. The fourth film to be done according to the Dogme 95 rules, it was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


A group of tourists are stranded in the Namibian desert when their bus loses its way and runs out of fuel. Canned carrots 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 for an audience of only the sand dunes and one distant, indigenous watcher, real life increasingly begins to resemble the play.



  1. "Festival de Cannes: The King Is Alive". Retrieved 2009-10-16.
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