April 26th 2013
  • Adventure/Historical,
  • Unrated,
  • 118 min,
  • The Weinstein Company
  • Cast: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen , Gustaf Skarsgård, Odd Magnus Williamson, Tobias Santelmann, Jakob Oftebro, Agnes Kittelsen, Eleanor Burke, Manuel Cauchi, Sam Chapman, Katinka Egres, Jo Hannah Emblem Rønning, La-Oug, Søren Pilmark, Tarang, Richard Trinder, Thomas Arnold, Jörgen Berthage, Stefan Cronwall, Ian Knauer, Ole Sletner
  • Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
  • Writers: Petter Skavlan, Allan Scott
  • Producers: Aage Aaberget, Jeremy Thomas
  • Associate Producers: Alainée Kent, Stephan Mallmann
  • Executive Producers: Christoph Danielt, Lone Korslund t, Marc Schmidheinyt, Petter Skavlant, Johan Christopher Stenersent, Dario Sutert, Peter Watsont, Henrik Zeint, Harald Zwart
  • Art Direction: Lek Chaiyan Chunsuttiwat
  • Castings: Jannecke Bervel, Andrea Eckerbom, Des Hamilton, Edward Said
  • Costume Design: Louize Nissen
  • D.O.P.: Geir Hartly Andreassen
  • Editors: Per-Erik Eriksen, Martin Stoltz
  • Makeups: Vasit Suchitta, Caitlin Tanner
  • Music: Johan Söderqvist
  • Production Design: Karl Júlíusson
  • Set Decoration: Louise Drake af Hagelsrum


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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Asker, Norway; Gothenburg, Sweden; Khao Lak, Thailand; Lillehammer, Norway; Maldives; Malta; New York City, USA; Phuket, Thailand; Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Production Budget: $16.6 million
  • Production Companies: Recorded Picture Company, Nordisk Film Production, DCM Productions, Film i Väst, Roenbergfilm
  • Production Schedule: 24 May 2011 - 2 September 2011

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2013 Guide Analysis: "The anti-"Life of Pi" if you will, "Kon-Tiki" swaps Ang Lee's spiritual metaphors and digital effects heavy survival tale for a straightforward historical procedural with a bit of an action-adventure vibe. Though partly in English, this handsomely produced Norwegian film is up for the Best Foreign Language Film award at the Golden Globes this year, and has also made the final nine on the shortlist for the same honor at the Oscars.

This $15.5 million production is the dramatised story of ethnographer and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl and his famed expedition in 1947. Heyerdahl set out to prove that people from South America could have settled in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. Using the original techniques that were available to the Peruvians 1500 years before, he and a crew of five set out on a 5,000 mile journey across the Pacific on a balsa raft.

While mainstream Western audiences may shy away from something that's subtitled, I've seen the film and have to say it would be a shame as it is more a smart crowd-pleaser than it is art house fare. The end product certainly looks like it was made for more than its budget lets on. With shooting having taken place in Norway, Polynesia, the United States, Malta, Bulgaria, Sweden and Peru - it has certainly been done on an impressive scale. With only one or two exceptions, the digital effects are also excellent and used with restraint. The international rollout begins around Easter and goes through into early Summer."

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  • U.S. Trailer (2m 12s)02.22.13

Worldwide Release Dates

  • 8 February 2013: Iceland
  • 21 March 2013: Germany
  • 22 March 2013: Sweden
  • 29 March 2013: Brazil
  • 4 April 2013: Denmark, Netherlands
  • 18 April 2013: Russia
  • 16 May 2013: Hong Kong, New Zealand
  • 31 October 2013: Argentina