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Ajyal Film Festival 2019

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Kon-Tiki (Kon-Tiki)

Contemporary World Cinema

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Joachim Roenning, Espen Sandberg / Feature Narrative / Norway, Denmark, United Kingdom / 2012 / 119 min / Colour / DCP
In English, Norwegian / Arabic, English subtitles
MENA Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.


  • Mon, Nov 19, 07:00 PM, Katara Opera House (K16-OH)
    Regular screening Tickets sales closed
  • Thu, Nov 22, 08:00 PM, Al Rayyan Rooftop (SW-ARR)
    Regular screening Tickets sales closed
  • Sat, Nov 24, 05:15 PM, Katara 12 Theatre A (K12-A)
    Regular screening
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    ‘Best of the Fest: Box Office Hit’


In ‘Kon-Tiki’, co-directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg – whose ‘Max Manus’ was a smash hit at the Norwegian box office in 2009 – capture all the danger, excitement and sheer natural beauty of a true Man-versus-Nature adventure. When Norwegian scientist and ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl developed the now widely accepted theory that the peoples of Polynesia first migrated from South America and not, as previously believed, from Asia, the international scientific community openly mocked him. Refusing to be deterred in his quest to prove his hypothesis – not even by the notable fact that he could not swim – he embarked on one of history’s most celebrated scientific adventures. In 1947, Heyerdahl built a raft of balsa wood and travelled across the open seas from Peru to the Tuamotu Islands, thereby demonstrating the plausibility of his theory – and changing the history books forever.

About the Directors

Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg were born a year apart – Roenning in 1972, Sandberg in 1971 – in Rønsberg, Norway, and studied film together in Stockholm. They make commercials under the joint professional name of Roenberg and have previously directed two feature films together: ‘Bandidas’ (2006), and the wartime action movie ‘Max Manus’, which was a major hit in 2008 and won seven Amandas, Norway’s Academy Awards.


Joachim Roenning, Espen Sandberg
Petter Skavlan
Jeremy Thomas, Aage Aaberge
Per-Erik Eriksen
Production Designer
Karl Juliusson
Johan Söderqvist
Geir Hartly Andreassen
Baard H. Ingebretsen and Tormod Ringnes
Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård, Odd Magnus Williamson, Tobias Santelmann, Jakob Oftebro

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