'Kon-Tiki' Trailer - Oscar Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film

Kon-Tiki trailer nominated for Best Foreign Language Oscar
Photo: The Weinstein Co.

The Weinstein Co. has set an April 19 release date for their Oscar-nominated Best Foreign Language contender Kon-Tiki and today released the first official domestic trailer for the Norwegian film from directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.

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.

While Michael Haneke's Amour is going to win the Oscar, I have heard really good things about this film and am looking forward to giving it a watch.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    I'm really looking forward to this one.

  • bss121

    Saw this at a special screening in NYC last month. Great film but I walked in expecting it to be in Norwegian and the entire film was in English. Turns out they filmed two identical versions of it, one in Norwegian and one in English. The only one that will be screened in the US is the English one. Would have much preferred to see the version where the actors are speaking their native tongue.

    • http://www.twitter.com/marlonwallace marlonwallace

      I was getting ready to say... how could it be a foreign language film when it's NOT in a foreign language, but I guess it was smart making two versions. it looks like 'Life of Pi' meets 'Jaws'.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    Not a very good trailer...feels very disjointed. However, I will definitely check this out.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    The first 40 minutes are a bit rough, but on the whole it's a solid film.

  • dslacker

    Saw this at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Very well done adventure story - based, of course, on real life happenings. The pictures are exceptional, and the acting is excellent throughout. The PSIFF audiences rarely give ovations, but Kon-Tiki got one.

  • Dale

    There was a much earlier documentary about the Kon-Tiki, released in 1950 and directed by Thor Heyerdahl himself and edited by Olle Nordemar. It received the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 24th Academy Awards in 1951. If the newer film should win this year's documentary Oscar, it would be, as far as I know, the only time two winners dealt with the exact same subject.

  • movieman12

    It seems that it is already on Netflix just not on instant.