KON-TIKI

Directed by: Joachim Roenning, Espen Sandberg 2013 | 118 min.

Section: Spring Showcase

Premiere: Hawaii


Synopsis

Sponsored by:

EuroCinema Hawai'i

Official nominee for 2013 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

From the directors of the World War II resistance epic MAX MANUS — which became Norway's biggest hit at the domestic box office — 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-kilometer 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.

A risk-taker since childhood, Heyerdahl (Pal Sverre Hagen) is one of the last examples of the scientist as adventurer. Unable to find a publisher to print his thesis about the migration of early civilizations — much of it devised during his stay on Fatu Hiva, an island in the Marquesas — he hatches his plan to cross the Pacific on raft, just like the ancient Incas before him. Unshakeable in his determination, Heyerdahl simply refuses to give up — despite the fact that the scientific community openly mocks him, he can't find funding for the voyage, his first recruit for the raft's crew is a somewhat stocky refrigerator salesman, and he himself can't actually swim.

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. The episodes when the crew must deal with sudden thunderstorms, a shark attack, and an encounter with a playful whale that escalates into a near catastrophe, are breathtakingly executed. KON-TIKI is one of those rare films that restores our sense of wonder.

Synopsis written by: Toronto

Screenings

Friday, April 05 6:30 PM Dole Cannery A Date Passed
Tuesday, April 09 8:30 PM Dole Cannery G Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Joachim Roenning, Espen Sandberg
Screenwriter Petter Skavlan
Producer Aage Aaberge, Jeremy Thomas
Executive Producer Lena Haugaard, Henrik Zein, Peter Watson, Johan Chr. Stenersen, Petter Skavlan, Dario Suter, Christoph Daniel, Marc Schmidheiny, Lone Korslund, Harald Zwart
Cast Pal Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Tobias Santelmann, Gustaf Skarsgård, Odd-Magnus Williamson, Jakob Oftebro, Agnes Kittelsen
Director of Photography Geir Hartly Andreassen
Editor Perry Eriksen, Martin Stoltz