By the time the Oscars roll around, most of the major nominees have at least had a limited theatrical release and are known quantities to some extent. However, when it comes to the Best Foreign Film category, you can usually count on at least a few of the nominees being ripe for discovery, with the Oscars serving as their first real exposure to North American audiences. This year Kon-Tiki was one such movie, and although it couldn’t beat Michael Haneke’s Amour, the clips shown from the movie looked intriguing to say the least.
The Weinstein Company will be distributing the movie stateside, and on Friday they released a domestic trailer to help build some buzz. It is based on the true story of Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian ethnographer who set sail from South America to Polynesia on a balsa wood raft in order to prove his theory that previous settlers followed the same journey. The movie was actually shot out on the ocean as opposed to a set and is Norway’s most expensive movie to date. Kon-Tiki hits select theatres on April 19th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.