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From the directors of the World War II resistance epic Max Manus — which became Norway’s biggest hit at the domestic box office and one of the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival’s most highly cherished films — the stirring epic Kon-Tiki recounts one of the great real-life adventures of the twentieth century.
In 1947, explorer and ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl began an 8,000-kilometre voyage across the Pacific on a balsa wood raft with a rather motley and inexperienced crew, in a dangerous attempt to prove his theory that Polynesia was populated by settlers from South America, rather than Asia as widely assumed by the scientific community. While such films as Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo and Jan Troell’s The Flight of the Eagle have depicted similar expeditions as grand follies undertaken by half-crazed visionaries, Kon-Tiki renders Heyerdahl’s quest in the heroic mold of a David Lean epic.
A bold and inspiring epic, Kon-Tiki features extraordinary photography by Geir Hartly Andreassen (who also shot Max Manus). The visuals are suffused with a palpable sense of awe at the beauty of the natural world; seldom has a film made the night sky look so full of possibility or the ocean surface seem so teeming with life. Kon-Tiki is one of those rare movies that restores our sense of wonder. (TIFF)