Kon-Tiki, fresh off it’s Oscar nomination, is headed for theatres on April 19. It’s based on the true-life story of Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer who sailed from Peru to Polynesia in 1947 to prove that it was possible for pre-Colombian South Americans to have settled Easter Island. The story became a popular book (which DailyXY account manager Eugene Makhouleen owns, because he’s got good taste in books) and documentary, and now a film.
The amazing thing about Kon-Tiki is that it was shot twice. A German financier agreed to contribute funding on the condition that it be made in English, so the crew shot each twice: once in Norwegian, once in English.