Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans already back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and settle on Polynesian islands. After gathering financing for the trip with loans and donations, they set off on an epic 101 day-long journey across 8,000 kilometers, all while the world was watching. KON-TIKI tells about the origin of Heyerdahl’s idea and the events surrounding the group’s voyage.
Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the August 27 Blu-ray and DVD release of the film Kon-Tiki, from the directing duo of Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Max Manus, Bandidas, and the upcoming production of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean 5 starring Johnny Depp).
Based on the amazing true adventure of Thor Heyerdahl (Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen), Kon-Tiki is the tale of a Norwegian explorer in 1947 who embarks on the voyage of a lifetime to prove a point. When the scientific community rejects his theory that South Americans were the first to settle in the Polynesian Islands, Heyerdahl resolves to prove its validity - and save his reputation - by embarking on the voyage himself. Recruiting a group of five men who are just bold enough to tackle the seemingly impossible trip, he builds a simple raft to original pre-Columbian specifications and sets off on the epic 101 day-long journey across the treacherous ocean to meet his fate, while the world watches.Read More
The Weinstein Company has unveiled the new trailer for Kon-Tiki, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg's drama that is up for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Annual Academy Awards this weekend. Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen stars as Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, who sets sail on a 4,300-mile journey on a Kon-Tiki raft. The Weinstein Company will release this epic drama domestically on April 19. Until then, take a look at the latest footage and see if this will become your new favorite to win Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars on Sunday night.
In 1947, the world is gripped with excitement as the young Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl embarks on an astonishing expedition - a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean on the Kon-Tiki raft. From his days living in the Marquesas with his wife Liv, Thor suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by ancient South Americans from thousands of miles to the east. Despite his inability to swim and fear of water, Thor decides to prove his theory by sailing the legendary voyage himself. After replicating the design of an ancient raft in balsa wood, Thor and five fellow adventurers set sail from Peru. Their only modern equipment is a radio, and they take a parrot along for company. A natural leader, Thor uses the stars and the ocean's current to navigate the raft. After three dangerous months on the open sea, encountering raging storms, sharks, and all the dangers the Ocean can muster, the exhausted crew sight Polynesia and make a triumphant landing. Having sacrificed everything for his mission, even his marriage, the success of the Kon-Tiki expedition proves bittersweet for Thor.Read More