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Contest: Win DVD Copy Of Academy Award & Golden Globe Nominee For Best Foreign Language Film 'Kon-Tiki'

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • August 26, 2013 5:01 PM
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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 now 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.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'The Big Wedding' of 'Mud' & 'Pain & Gain' To Be Held In Theaters

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • April 26, 2013 1:45 PM
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The spirit of adventure is strong for this weekend's slate of releases. We begin with the nostalgic and beautiful 1950s-era actioner about Thor Heyerdahl and his raft voyage across the Pacific Ocean -- exploring, so exciting! But there are also expeditions of a tamer, more modern sort. Michael Bay will be returning to the silver screen with loud music and 'roided-up robbers. Matthew McConaughey gets a boat stuck in a tree. An assassin must expose corrupt American government officials and rescue a pretty CIA analyst, set to the tune of flying bullets and explosions (oddly, Bay didn't direct this one). Also, a young couple embarking on the age-old expedition of marriage. So cinephiles, if you're feeling daring -- lace up those boots, mark out the route, pack your GORP and let us know in the comments how you plan to spend your weekend in Adventureland.

Review: Norway’s Oscar-Nominated 'Kon-Tiki' Is A Fun Tale Of High Adventure But No More Than That

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 23, 2013 3:59 PM
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Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 raft trip from Peru to Polynesia, which forms the story of “Kon-Tiki,” is already the stuff of legend – particularly overseas. Heyerdahl’s own 1950 book was an international bestseller (indeed this writer remembers a battered paperback knocking around her childhood home), and the documentary he filmed during the trip itself won an Academy Award back in 1951. Which makes it a pleasing narrative to have this film, over six decades later, achieve a similar feat in getting nominated for a Foreign Language Oscar. But we have to wonder if there’s a certain sentimentality at play there (Hollywood does love a self-referential story, after all) because there is little more to “Kon-Tiki” than a fun, handsomely-mounted, old-style adventure story. And as impressive a feat as that is to achieve, especially outside of Hollywood, which kind of specialises in this sort of thing, those looking for something with more depth from this category may come away a little disappointed.

Göteborg Interview: Directors Rønning & Sandberg On 'Kon-Tiki,' Scandinavian Cinema & Their Oscar Nomination

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 1, 2013 7:03 PM
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There’s a great temptation to draw parallels between directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s epic journey in making “Kon-Tiki” (reviewed here) and the expedition it chronicles. And it’s a temptation we’re going to give in to; when we met the co-directors during the Göteborg International Film Festival recently, they had the air of men who had finally come in to port after a long stormy voyage. They too embarked on a hugely ambitious project that had no guarantee of success or even completion, and encountered myriad unforeseen problems along the way – there’s no doubt the film had to be something of a labor of love for them both.

Göteborg Review: Norway’s Oscar-Nominated 'Kon-Tiki' Is A Fun Tale Of High Adventure But No More Than That

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • January 27, 2013 3:10 PM
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Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 raft trip from Peru to Polynesia, which forms the story of “Kon-Tiki,” the opening film of the Göteborg International Film Festival, is already the stuff of legend – particularly in this part of the world. Heyerdahl’s own 1950 book was an international bestseller (indeed this writer remembers a battered paperback knocking around her childhood home), and the documentary he filmed during the trip itself won an Academy Award back in 1951. Which makes it a pleasing narrative to have this film, over six decades later, achieve a similar feat in getting nominated for a Foreign Language Oscar.

Oscar-Nominated 'Kon-Tiki' Directors To Make Hollywood Debut With 'Spectral'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 14, 2013 11:40 AM
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Looks like Norwegian filmmakers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are having a great week. First, their film “Kon-Tiki” gets nominated for an Oscar on Thursday for Best Foreign Language Film. Now, they look to capitalize on all of their recent success, signing a seven-figure deal to helm a big Hollywood film. And one that could be the start of a potential franchise.

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