Have you heard of Norway’s legendary explorer, Thor Heyerdahl?
Kon-Tiki is now heading towards USA
He is famous for his epic 4,300 miles crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947 to prove that this could have been done in pre-Columbian times for South Americans to settle in Polynesia. The Norwegian movie Kon-tiki is just about it, and became an enormous success. The film is the highest budget Norwegian film ever made – breaking box office records here. It is nomitated for Golden Globe and another 1 win and 4 nominations. Kon-Tiki is the Norwegian entry for for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.
Two versions of Kon-Tiki were shot, one in Norwegian and one in English. The English version will have its premiere in United States in the end of January 2013, and Australia in April.
The film is the dramatized story of Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 voyage on the balsa raft Kon-Tiki from Peru to Polynesia. Heyerdahl, an adventurer and ethnographer, builds and navigates 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean on a balsa raft with 5 crew mates in order to prove his theory that people from South America could have settled in Polynesia in Pre-Columbian times.
After financing the trips with loans and donations they set off on an epic 101 day long trip across 8000 kilometers, while the world was waiting for the result of the trip. This film tells about the origin of the idea, the preparations and the events on the trip. Kon-Tiki was named after the Inca sun god, Viracocha, and “Kon-Tiki” is an old name for this god.
Against the advice and without the support of the National Geographic society Thor Heyerdahl succeeded in his voyage. Heyerdahl filmed the expedition, which later became the Academy award winning documentary in 1951, and wrote a book about the expedition which was translated into 70 languages and sold more than 50 millions copies around the world. In 1970 Thor Heyedahl went on to sail a Papyrus boat, the RA from Morocco to the New World.
You can watch the trailer here: