CANNES 2000: Changes for the Better? English-Language Films Surprise

Anthony Kaufman

English-lingo pictures constitute a widely divergent
mix at this year's Cannes Film Festival. There's Brit
Ken Loach going to Los Angeles for his emotional
agit-prop piece about immigrant workers in "Bread and
" (which has divided critics here) and Dane Lars
von Trier
making a musical with Iceland's Björk as a
Czech immigrant in rural America (which critics are
eagerly expecting on Wednesday) and a slew of other
startling combinations that have screened over
the last few days with surprising results.

One of the more striking examples is London-based,
Danish director Kristian Levring's Un Certain Regard
entry, "The King is Alive," the latest from the Dogma
collective - the filmmaking movement kicked-off by Von
Trier and Thomas Vinterberg in Cannes two years ago.
Officially known as Dogma 4, "King is Alive" faced
similarly mixed reactions among its Cannes premiere on
Friday, proving that the films made under the Dogma
rubric - no matter how you feel about them -- continue
to provoke, stimulate and push the boundaries of
filmmaking. Starring an international cast (UK's Janet
, USA's Jennifer Jason Leigh, the late Brion
, who died soon after shooting, France's Romane
, and seven others), "King" follows eleven
bus passengers into the remote sand dunes of the
Namibian desert, stranded, scared, and slowly on their
way to insanity. "It's about stripping away all the
bullshit," said Academy-nominated actress McTeer
("Tumbleweeds") regarding her Dogma experience