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Scandinavians rival over ‘Kon-Tiki’. Norway’s film joy could have the wind taken out of its sails if they win an Oscar for ‘Kon-Tiki’. Sweden is on the cultural warpath claiming they deserve some credit too. The alleged swash-buckling drama ostensibly began in the 1950s, well after the Swedish and Norwegian Vikings had packed their clubs and gone to their burial mounds. Norway’s Thor Heyerdahl went to Sweden to make his documentary. This, according to the Swedish Film Institute, has sunk Norway’s chances of going it alone in the honours this time around.

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Scandinavians rival over ‘Kon-Tiki’

Published on Thursday, 21st February, 2013 at 10:54 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Norway’s film joy could have the wind taken out of its sails if they win an Oscar for ‘Kon-Tiki’. Sweden is on the cultural warpath claiming they deserve some credit too.

Kon-Tiki raft
Kon-Tiki raft
Photo: Norwegian Film Institute


The alleged swash-buckling drama ostensibly began in the 1950s, well after the Swedish and Norwegian Vikings had packed their clubs and gone to their burial mounds.

Norway’s Thor Heyerdahl went to Sweden to make his documentary. This, according to the Swedish Film Institute, has sunk Norway’s chances of going it alone in the honours this time around.

Its producer was Sweden’s Olle Nordemar – also famous for ‘Pippi Longstocking (‘Pippi Langstømpe’ (Norwegian), ‘Pippi Långstrump (Swedish)). The 'Kon-Tiki' work received an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1951 at the 24th Academy Awards.

“The old version of ‘Kon-Tiki’ is certainly part-Swedish, and we have supported the new film with 1.7 million kroner. That’s why we also want Sweden to bask in the glory a little,” Jan Göransson, museum head of information told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

“We think the [Oscar] statue clearly belongs to Thor Heyerdahl, the Kon-Tiki Museum, and Norway,” declared the Norwegian museum’s director Maja Bauge (‘baug’ is ‘bow’ in Norwegian).

“It was actually Thor Heyerdahl who was the producer,” she added.

The reported Viking stand-off does not end here, however.

Replacing verbal weapons with cinematographic ones, the Swedish Film Institute’s Jan Göransson repeats his country’s claim to the gold.

Naming the 1.7 million kroner Swedish bounty again – though discounting a Viking raid – he draws out the fact that Stockholm-born Gustaf Skarsgård appeared in the new film.

Mr Skarsgård played anthropologist and Kon-Tiki crew member Bengt Emmerik Danielsson (1921-1997).

Enter left, Norwegian Film Institute director Nina Refseth appears as the conciliatory actor. Thor Heyerdahl and Olle Nordemar were the 1950 documentary’s co-producers and are both named on the 1951 statue, according to her.

“We’re holding a joint Oscars party [in Los Angeles] on Saturday with the people behind the Swedish documentary [‘Searching For Sugar Man’] that has been nominated,” she explained.

A Norwegian Film Institute spokesperson tells The Foreigner they have a very good relationship with their Swedish colleagues and doubts there was ever a conflict in the first place.




Published on Thursday, 21st February, 2013 at 10:54 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: kon-tiki, oscars, norwayfilm.





  
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