BRATTLEBORO >> Latchis Arts' Escape to Another World series of films from Scandinavia concludes thiweekend with a feature film of a courageous true-life adventure when "Kon-Tiki" comes to the Latchis Theatre on Saturday, at 4 p.m. Admission is by donation, with proceeds benefitting Latchis Arts.
This version of "Kon-Tiki" is a feature-length re-telling from 2012 depicting Thor Heyerdahl's historic attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean in a balsawood raft. In 1947, Heyerdahl set out prove that South Americans in Pre-Columbian times could have crossed the ocean and settled on Polynesian Islands. After financing the trip with loans and donations, Heyerdahl and five men set off an on an epic 101-day, 8000-kilometer trip. Heyerdahl filmed the trip, and his film became the Academy Award-winning documentary of 1951. This version was Norway's 2012 Oscar entry for Best Foreign Film.
Rex Reed of the New York Observer said "Kon-Tiki" was "an epic of awesome achievement, it never bores." Roger Moore of Movie National wrote "Kon-Tiki is a grand old-school yarn with enough drama and dramatic incidents to make even Indiana Jones envious at the adventure of it all."
Proceeds from donations for the film benefit Latchis Arts. For information, visit latchisarts.org.