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Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg, Kon Tiki, 2012


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This oceanic epic is based on the attempt by Norwegian ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl to prove that Polynesia could have been settled by South American seafarers 1,500 years ago.

Heyerdahl built Kon-Tiki, a balsawood raft of the kind he believed they would have sailed in, and left Peru with six others in 1947, eventually reaching the Tuamota Archipelago 101 days later.

Their exhausting journey through treacherous, shark-infested waters is the inspiration behind this gripping dramatised account.

The film was shot in both English and Norwegian, with a steely-eyed Hagen as Heyerdahl. Benefiting from modern cinematography, a taut script and affecting performances, Kon-Tiki is a compelling testament to the spirit of adventure.

Kon-Tiki, dir. Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg, UK/Norway/Denmark/Germany/Sweden 2012, 114 mins.

(Norwegian with English subtitles)

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