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Kon-Tiki nominated for Oscar Academy Foreign-Language Film

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Kon-Tiki is a 2012 Norwegian historical drama film about the 1947 Kon-Tiki expedition directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg


The Film Kon-Tiki is directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg

Kon-Tiki has been selected as the Norwegian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, making the January shortlist.

The 85th Academy Awards ceremony is an upcoming event during which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will present its annual Academy Awards to honor the best films of 2012 in the United States.

The Academy (AMPAS) has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film every year since the award was created in 1956.

The award is presented annually by the Academy to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.

The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Nine shortlisted contenders was announcement of the Oscar nominations on Monday, December 17, 2012.

These films are;

From Austria:Amour (Literally, “Love”) directed by Michael Haneke
From Canada:War Witch (French: Rebelle) directed by Kim Nguyen
From Chile:No (Chilean: No) directed by Pablo Larraín
From Denmark:A Royal Affair (Danish: En kongelig affære) directed by Nikolaj Arcel
From France:The Intouchables (French: Intouchables) directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano
From Iceland:The Deep (Icelandic: Djúpið) directed by Baltasar Kormákur
From Norway:Kon-Tiki (Norwegian historical drama film about the 1947 Kon-Tiki expedition) directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
From Romania:Beyond the Hills (Romanian: După dealuri) directed by Cristian Mungiu
From Switzerland:Sister (French: L’Enfant d’en haut) directed by Ursula Meier

Five of these nine Foreign Language films will be finally announced Thursday, January 10, 2013 to take part for the final Oscar award ceremony, in February..

The ceremony is scheduled for February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California.

Seth MacFarlane will host the Academy Awards for the first time.

It is notable that of the nine nominations come three from Scandinavia, for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards.

About the Film Directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg

Joachim Roenning and his childhood friend Espen Sandberg spent their free time making short films with Joachim’s dad’s 30 pounds home video camera – one of few burdens for being the first of the video generation.

In 1992 they both attended Stockholm Film School in Sweden, and graduated in 1994. Later that year they served their mandatory time in the military making “propaganda” films for the Royal Norwegian Army.

In 1995 they founded their own company. They called it Roenberg – their last names put together.

Early in 1996 they began directing commercials and music videos professionally in Oslo. Their extensive and award winning work in commercials in Scandinavia led to major international commissions such as ads for Airbus, Nintendo, Coca Cola, GE and Nokia.

Roenning and Sandberg (alias Roenberg) established themselves in the American market with their spots for Capital One, Labatt’s and especially with their USA Today Superbowl 2001 Viewer’s Poll-winning spot “Rex” for Budweiser. In 2008 they won the Lions in Cannes for their Hydro commercial – “Train Loop“.

Together with fellow Norwegian director, Harald Zwart, they own and run Motion Blur – a production house for commercials. Founded in 2002 it is now one of the largest and most award winning productions companies in Scandinavia.


Kon-Tiki is a true story about legendary explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his epic crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947.

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 Kon-Tiki 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.

Watch the trailer of Kon-Tiki by clicking on the video below.


It will be exciting to see which of these films get into the final ceremony of the Oscars Award in January. Will The Deep, A Royal Affair or Kon-Tiki be chosen to the top five list?

For Roenning and Sandberg is this Oscars nomination for their film “Kon-Tiki” a great honor, which will give him more opportunities within the film industry in USA and Norway.


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