Screening on Wednesday, May 6th 2015
The film is the dramatized story of Thor Heyerdahl and his Kon-Tiki expedition of 1947.
While the prevailing theories of the time held that Polynesia had been settled by peoples migrating from the west, Heyerdahl, an experimental ethnographer and adventurer, sets out to prove his theory that people from South America settled the islands in pre-Columbian times.
Noting similarities between statues found in South America and the Polynesian Moai, Heyerdahl's theory about the origin of the Polynesian people is bolstered by Polynesian folklore that tells of an ancient tribe called the Hanau epe that are said to have once inhabited Easter Island.
It was the highest-grossing film of 2012 in Norway and the country's most expensive production to date. It is also the first time a Norwegian film has been nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe.
Against the advice of many, the filmmakers decided to shoot the ocean scenes on the open ocean rather than on a set, insisting that the "unique challenges" they faced from shooting on the ocean actually strengthen the film.