The King Is Alive
|German title||The King Is Alive - Dogma IV|
|Original title||The King Is Alive|
|Country of production||Denmark|
Anders Thomas Jensen ,
William Shakespeare (based on the novel)
Patricia Kruijer ,
When their bus gives up the ghost in the middle of the Namibian desert, a group of tourists seeks refuge in a ghost town. Suddenly the idea comes up to distract from the slowly burgeoning despair with a play. The laypeople rehearse Shakespeare's “ King Lear ”. The less likely it is to be saved and the more dramatically the water supplies are running out, the more aggressive the tone becomes. The struggle for bare survival ultimately culminates - just as Shakespeare designed it - in disaster.
- "Best Actress" at the 2000 Tokyo International Film Festival for Jennifer Jason Leigh .
- “Student Jury Award” at the Manaki Brothers Film Festival 2001 for Jens Schlosser .
- " Robert " at the Robert Festival 2002 for Jens Schlosser (best camera).
The film was shot in Kolmanskop ( Namibia ). The world premiere took place on May 11, 2000 at the Cannes International Film Festival . On September 15, 2000, the film was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival , which was followed by the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 29, 2000 and several other film festivals. It was shown in 10 cinemas in the USA, grossing around 103.5 thousand US dollars . The film was dedicated to Brion James, who died unexpectedly in 1999.
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