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The movie KON-TIKI is an adaptation of the bestselling book by Norwegian ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl, who wished to prove his theory that it was indeed possible to settle Polynesia in pre-Columbian times by crossing the Pacific only by raft.

Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and released in 2012, KON-TIKI has been the most expensive production in the history of Norwegian cinema to date and was largely acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. KON-TIKI was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards, and also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 70th Golden Globe Awards.

The music for KON-TIKI is composed by Swedish composer Johan Söderqvist. To convey the sense of adventure, the vast open space and startling beauty of the Pacific, and the dangers and hardships Thor Heyerdahl and his men faced, the composer makes use of a large ensemble and an array of region-specific instrumental textures ranging from woodwind conch shells, tribal percussion, and even a medieval psaltery zither, resulting in an evocative and exhilarating score that truly captures the imagination.


Johan Söderqvist

  small orchestra (16 - 45 Musicians)    
stafflist - 6.2.2+btrb.1 - tp.6perc - pno - hp - str