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The Weinstein Co. has acquired from Hanway Films "Kon-Tiki" distribution rights for the Us, Canada, UK, and Italy. The film, which recently played at AFI Fest, is Norway's entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar and screened at Toronto earlier this fall. Co-directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning, "Kon-Tiki" tracks the 1947 expedition of anthropologist and explorer Thor Heyerdahl during his sailing journey from South America to the Polynesian Islands on a wooden raft. The $16.1 million film is Norway's most expensive production to date, and has already grossed more than $13.4 million there. "Kon-Tiki" stars Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, and was written by Petter Skavlan. The Weinsteins will release the film in 2013. Here's a selection from our AFI Fest review: Norway's Oscar entry and enjoyably supersized “Kon-Tiki” follows the real-life adventures of explorer Thor Heyerdahl, who, in 1947, embarked »

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