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King Is Alive (2001)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40173326
UPC: 027616880031
UPC 14: 00027616880031
Category Keywords: Africa  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Their quest for adventure became a prayer for survival.
A busload of mismatched tourists winds up stranded in the middle of the african desert in this tale of losing your bearings and finding yourself.

"A haunting and powerful ensemble work!  Film Journal International
"Stylish and gritty...  Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times

Editor's Note
The fourth contribution to the grass roots Dogme 95 collective, THE KING IS ALIVE is a psychological horror film that uses a bleak yet beautiful African landscape to tell a haunting tale of human weakness and survival. The story concerns a group of vacationers who are traveling through the torturous Namibian desert. When they discover that the compass the driver, Moses (Vusi Kunene), has been using is actually broken, they quickly become terrified at the prospects of becoming stranded. This fear quickly turns into reality after the bus runs out of gas near a small abandoned village. The only resident, Kanana (Peter Khubeke), watches the foreigners slowly unravel with a resigned detachment. The travelers themselves--including the unhappily married couple Ray (Bruce Davison) and Liz (Janet McTeer), French intellectual Catherine (Romane Bohringer), flaky American Gina (Jennifer Jason Leigh), condescending Englishman Charles (David Calder), and sensitive actor Henry (David Bradley)--begin to lose their sanity ever so slowly, fighting with each other and themselves, until there appears to be no hope left. Henry's last attempt to keep the group unified, by engaging them in staging a performance of Shakespeare's KING LEAR, provides the weary individuals with an outlet that just might save them after all. Kristian Levring uses Dogme's tenets to breathe striking new life into an otherwise traditional genre.


Video Features DVD, English, Hi-fi Stereo, Spanish, Subtitled, Trailers

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/16/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 107 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2001
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1008003
Video UPC UPC: 00027616880031
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Lia Williams
Video Cast Info Miles Anderson
Video Cast Info Vusi Kunene
Video Cast Info Peter Kubheka
Video Cast Info Romane Bohringer
Video Cast Info Brion James
Video Cast Info Bruce Davidson
Video Cast Info Chris Walker
Video Cast Info David Bradley
Video Cast Info David Calder
Video Cast Info Janet McTeer
Video Cast Info Jennifer Jason Leigh
Video Cast Info Kristian Levring - Director
Video Cast Info Vibeke Windelov - Producer
Video Cast Info Patricia Kruijer - Producer
Video Cast Info Anders Thomas Jensen - Writer
Video Cast Info Kristian Levring - Writer

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Mr. Levring's vision of hell is vivid and stark....Touched with a pictorial sublimity rarely attempted within the constraints of Dogme aesthetic..." 05/11/2001 p.E22

Sight and Sound
"...[The filmmakers] vividly portray the dramatic desert setting....It's a striking and intelligent use of DV technology..." 04/01/2001 p.52-3

Total Film
"...THE KING IS ALIVE is more than a worthy addition to the Dogme canon -- it's a haunting, gripping film in its own right..." -- 4 out of 5 stars 06/01/2001 p.95

Los Angeles Times
"...Great-looking....Stylish and gritty..." 05/11/2001 p.10

Chicago Sun-Times
"...It's built from raw materials, needs and memories....This kind of story gives great opportunities to actors, who can test their emotional range..." 05/18/2001 p.29

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