Kon-Tiki, Nominated for Oscar

Culture Minister Hadia Tajik is delighted with the nomination. It’s fantastic that Kon Tiki is nominated for Oscar in the best foreign film category. It shows that investment in Norwegian film industry in recent years are bearing fruit, and the Norwegian film industry is able to assert itself internationally, says Tajik. 

Nominees in the best foreign film: 

• Kon-Tiki (Norway) 

• Amour (Austria) 

• No (Chile) 

• War Witch (Canada) 

• A Royal Affair (Denmark) 

“Kon-Tiki” became the first Norwegian film nominated for best foreign language film since “Elling” in 2001. Before that, “Nine Lives” (1957), “The Wizard” (1987) and “Sunday Angels” (1996) were nominated. None of them won an award. 

About Kon-Tiki 

The Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans already back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the sea and settle on Polynesian islands. 

After financing the trips with loans and donations they set off on an epic 101 days long trip across 8000 kilometers, while the world was waiting for the result of the trip. The film tells about the origin of the idea, the preparations and the events on the trip. Kon-Tiki was named after the Inca sun god, Viracocha, and “Kon-Tiki” is an old name for this god. 

Heyerdahl filmed the expedition, which later became the Acaemy award winning documentary in 1951, and wrote a book about the expedition which was translated into 70 languages and sold more than 50 millions copies around the world. Heyerdahl believed that people from South America could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times

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