Kon-Tiki Film Coming To Theatres [Video]
The film adaption of the famed travel book Kon-Tiki was recently released ahead of the movie’s North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. The film was directed by Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg, whose last film, Max Manus, is the highest-grossing film in Scandinavian history and the 2009 Norwegian Oscar entry for Best Foreign Film. And in case there’s any question about the commercial possibility of Kon-Tiki, the movie opened in Norway this August and broke the Max Manus record for the biggest opener of a Norwegian movie.
For those who haven’t read the book, Kon-Tiki tells the real-life story of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl who, along with five others, set sail from Peru (in a raft they dubbed the Kon-Tiki) and headed out into the Pacific Ocean in search of evidence that the islanders in the South Pacific descended from Peruvians (they didn’t). Their trip lasted 101 days (and 4,300 nautical miles) until they crashed into Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands on August 7, 1947.
Posted on September 11, 2012 by Matt Stabile