By Kieran McMahon | The Playlist August 26, 2013 at 5:01PM
Nominated in 2012 at both the Golden Globes and the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film Of The Year, Norwegian production “Kon-Tiki," from directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (who are slated to helm “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” off the strength of this film), adapts Thor Heyerdahl's 1948 international bestseller “The Kon-Tiki Expedition: By Raft Across the South Seas” into a big screen thriller.
Heyerdahl believed that people from South America could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times (although most anthropologists now believe they did not), but he faced serious opposition in the anthropology community and his theory gained little credence. His response was to mount an expedition from Peru to Polynesia, using only the materials and technologies available to those people at the time, to prove it was possible. It was a 101 day trip, covering 6900 km, on a raft. In our review from Göteborg, our own Jessica Kiang praised “the notoriously tricky water/storm sequences [which] are as thrilling as any we’ve seen” and said the film “fares very well, glorying in an old-fashioned and endearingly innocent way in its one-man-against-the-world narrative.”
With the movie now arriving on DVD and Blu-Ray, we're giving you a chance to see it, as we’ve got 5 copies on this tale of high kinks on the high seas to give away, courtesy of Anchor Bay and The Weinstein Company.
For a chance to win a copy, simply email and tell us what your top 3 foreign language movies are. Good luck!
"Kon-Tiki" lands on home video on August 27th.
Update: Contest closed, winners will be contacted via email.