Film Kon-Tiki follows Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl in his 1947 expedition across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands.

Film Kon-Tiki follows Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl in his 1947 expedition across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands.

Film named after raft that carried Norwegian explorer across Pacific

The next film to be shown by the Vernon Film Society at the Towne Cinema is the highly acclaimed Kon-Tiki.

The next film to be shown by the Vernon Film Society at the Towne Cinema is the highly acclaimed Kon-Tiki.

It re-tells the voyage undertaken by Thor Heyerdahl in 1947 when he was attempting to prove the Polynesian Islands were settled from South America, not Asia as was generally surmised.

Turned down by the National Geographic Society, he passionately pursued his quest to prove his theory and the film shows the frustrations and hard work that brought the expedition to fruition.

Five men and Heyerdahl used ancient methods of construction —balsa wood logs and hemp ropes— to construct the raft and then set off on their incredible 8,000-kilometre voyage across the Pacific.

As we have seen in some other recent movies such as Argo, there is some exaggeration of facts in the cause of entertainment, but Kon-Tiki mostly sticks to the true story. The movie won the 40th Norwegian International Film Festival audience award and has been the highest grossing film in Norway’s history.

Nominated for both Academy and Golden Globe awards, Kon-Tiki is bound to be an audience pleaser here too for those movie goers who love adventure, travel and are intrigued to know how great passions and ideas can propel people to risk all in pursuit of their dreams.

The New York Observer wrote, “As an epic of awesome achievement, it never bores.”

Kon-Tiki screens at the Vernon Towne Cinema Monday at 5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $7, available at the Bean Scene and the theatre one week in advance.