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Why and how the co-directors of the Oscar-nominated Norwegian film Kon-Tiki also made an entirely separate English version. Plus, the story of Unmade in China.

Banner image: (L-R) Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning, directors of Kon-Tiki

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Kim Masters and John Horn banter about some of this week's top Hollywood news stories.

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Main Topic Kon-Tiki: Filming Two Movies at Once 12 MIN, 1 SEC

The Norwegian film Kon-Tiki may have lost the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film this year but it became the highest grossing film in Norway's history. Now an English-language version is being released in the US and other countries. This isn't dubbed. It was made in English at the same time as the Norwegian version. So, actors would shoot the scene in one language and then again in the other -- and all of this took place out on the high seas. Filmmakers Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning speak with The Business producer Darby Maloney about their process and how the success of the film got them gigs with Hollywood heavyweights like J.J. Abrams.


Espen Sandberg, filmmaker
Joachim Ronning, filmmaker (@JoachimRoenning)


Aage Aaberge

Main Topic Unmade in China 9 MIN, 29 SEC

John Horn, film writer for the LA Times and banterer for The Business, talks with filmmaker Gil Kofman about the trials and tribulations of making a film in China. Kofman was despondent after financing for his thriller fell through twice. Then he got a call that someone in China wanted to make it. Only they'd have to translate it into Mandarin -- a language Kofman didn't speak -- and shoot it in China, a country Kofman had never been to. What ensues was a series of disappointments, frustrations and culture clashes all caught on tape by Kofman's friend and compiled in the new documentary Unmade in China.

Gilm Kofman, filmmaker


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