Kon-Tiki: Norway's nomination for the Best Foreign Film Oscar Award

More than fifty years ago, in 1947, the Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl, who is recorded as one of the most courageous men in history, travelled 4,300 miles in the Pacific Ocean, on a wooden raft, the heroic "Kon-Tiki".


The aim of the charming and charismatic Thor was to prove to all the theory that Polynesia was inhabited by Peruvian people and not by people of Western Asia - something that all supported. His theory was not supported by any scientist. All believed that this was impossible, until the moment when one American professor, joked with Thor and urged him to make his theory true by traveling from Peru to Polynesia with a wooden raft. Thor did it.

He prepared a raft with nine tree stumps bound with ropes. So he begins the journey, together with a crew of 5 diverse characters, who do not know each other. Only one of them knew how to sail the raft, while Thor feared the sea and didn't know swimming. They were all determined and willing to risk their own lives to prove that they are right. The only modern tool they had with them was a radio, while they used the stars and the currents of the sea for compass. For 3 months the brave men will face difficult situations, they will have to deal with sharks, bad weather and the unknown but in the end they will be rewarded with success.

In 1950, Thor Heyerdahl directed the documentary "Kon - Tiki", which won the Oscar Award, while his book has been translated into more than 70 languages and has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide. Thor Heyerdahl died in 2002 at the age of 88 years.

The movie will be released on the 31st of October.

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