Kon-Tiki - in Russian - opens Norwegian Film Days in Moscow
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Norwegian anthropologist and explorer Thor Heyerdahl, whose sea voyage on a wooden raft between South America and the Polynesian Islands is depicted in the film, is a well-known figure in Russia
When the 4th Norwegian Film Days opened yesterday (April 16) at Moscow's Kino 35mm theatre, audiences were presented with a Norwegian film with Russian dialogue: local distributor Luxor screened a dubbed version of Norwegian directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning's Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki [+see also:
Norwegian anthropologist and explorer Thor Heyerdahl, whose 101-day sea voyage on a wooden raft between South America and the Polynesian Islands in 1947 is depicted in the film, is a well-known figure in Russia, where his books have been published in numerous editions.
The Russian premiere of Kon-Tiki was attended by Heyerdahl's son, Thor Heyerdahl Jr; Norwegian producer of the film, Aage Aaberge; scriptwriter Petter Skavlan; actors Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Tobias Santelmann; and marketing director of Oslo's Kon-Tiki Museum, Halfdan Tangen Jr.
The programme of the showcase, which is staged by the Kino 35mm cinema and the Norwegian Embassy in Moscow, also included Heyerdahl's own 77-minute documentary on the 8,000-kilometre trip, which opened in 1950 and was awarded an Oscar two years later.
Besides Indian director Dheeraj Akolkar's documentary on the relationship between Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann and Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, Liv & Ingmar, the line-up consists of recent Norwegian features: Pål Sletaune's Babycall, [+see also:
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