The King Is Alive

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German title The King Is Alive - Dogma IV
Original title The King Is Alive
Country of production Denmark
original language English
Publishing year 2000
length 110 minutes
Director Kristian Levring
script Søren Kragh-Jacobsen,
Anders Thomas Jensen ,
William Shakespeare (based on the novel)
production Patricia Kruijer ,
Vibeke Windeløv
music Derek Thompson
camera Jens Schlosser
cut Nicholas Wayman-Harris

The King Is Alive is a film by the Danish director Kristian Levring , shot in Denmark in 2000 according to the guidelines of the Dogma 95 manifesto.


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.



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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  1. ^ Filming locations for The King Is Alive, accessed December 6, 2007
  2. ^ Opening dates for The King Is Alive, accessed December 6, 2007
  3. Box office / business for The King Is Alive, accessed December 6, 2007