The King is Alive
Stranded in the heat of a barren African desert, eleven bus passengers shelter in the elements of an abandoned town. As rescue grows more remote by the day and anxiety deepens, an idea emerges: why not stage a play? However, the choice of King Lear only manages to plunge this disparate group of travelers into turmoil as they struggle to overcome both nature's wrath and their own mortality. In the heat of the desert, emotional and sexual tensions surge around the play's production, and they are forced to confront their most raw emotions. With all inhibitions stripped away, their individual fight for survival makes them perform the ultimate role in front of each other - their own lives.
Cast: Bruce Davison, Romane Bohringer, David Bradley, David Calder, Miles Anderson
Directed by: Kristian Levring
Written by: Anders Thomas Jensen, Kristian Levring
Running time: 1hr 49min
Opens: May 11, 2001 LA/NY
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