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Kon Tiki

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Back in 1951, a film doc­u­ment­ing Nor­we­gian explor­er Thor Heyerdahl’s incred­i­ble jour­ney across the Pacif­ic Ocean on a raft won the Oscar for Best Doc­u­men­tary.  This past year, a sec­ond Kon-Tiki was released, dra­ma­tiz­ing a more thor­ough look at Heyerdahl’s adven­ture. Whether or not you have seen the orig­i­nal film, you will cer­tain­ly be enthralled by the dar­ing and vision of Hey­er­dahl, who set out with five col­leagues to prove that South Amer­i­cans back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and set­tled on Poly­ne­sian islands.  After gath­er­ing financ­ing for their trip and build­ing their abo­rig­i­nal bal­sa wood raft, the group embarked on an epic jour­ney across 4300 miles of open ocean.  Through the mag­ic of mod­ern cin­e­mat­ic tech­niques, you will share with the adven­tur­ers their sus­pense­ful days at sea, as well as their joy as they reach the Poly­ne­sian island of Raroia.  This is a film not to be missed.

In 1947 young Nor­we­gian Thor Hey­er­dahl cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of a war-weary world. He had devel­oped a rev­o­lu­tion­ary the­o­ry that Poly­ne­sia had been pop­u­lat­ed from South Amer­i­ca, con­trary to the estab­lished sci­en­tif­ic com­mu­ni­ty the­o­ry of migra­tion from Asia. To prove the the­o­ry he did some­thing hith­er­to unheard of: he decid­ed to test the the­o­ry him­self, embark­ing on a dan­ger­ous expe­di­tion across the Pacif­ic Ocean (dur­ing which he encoun­tered many whales and sharks, and the per­ils of rag­ing storms). He enlist­ed the help of five young men, who had not known each oth­er pri­or to the expe­di­tion, and only one of whom had any sail­ing expe­ri­ence.  Togeth­er they built a prim­i­tive bal­sa raft using ancient meth­ods, with­out a sin­gle nail or wire, and ropes made only of hemp and banana leaves.  He bap­tized the raft the “Kon-Tiki,” after the Incas’ sun-king. It is inter­est­ing to note that Hey­er­dahl had a fear of water and could not swim; but he was will­ing to sac­ri­fice every­thing to prove his the­o­ry.

The film­ing of this true adven­ture sto­ry – the largest Nor­we­gian film pro­duc­tion ever — began in May of 2011 at Lille­ham­mer, Nor­way. After 59 shoot­ing days in six coun­tries, the film pre­miered in Nor­we­gian cin­e­mas on August 24, 2012.

Run­ning time: 118 min­utes