Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Friday, December 3 - Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A darkly comic sleeper hit at the Toronto and Locarno film festivals, RARE EXPORTS re-imagines the most classic of all childhood fantasies. It’s almost Christmas in northern Finland and an “archaeological” dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus—who’s anything but jolly. When local children begin mysteriously disappearing, a young boy and his father try to capture the mythological being. Santa’s elves, however, will stop at nothing to defend their fearless leader.

“Blackmail, helicopters, secret warehouses, explosions, an army of nude old men, and the legend of spanking children until their skin falls off… Likely the best anti-Christmas Christmas movie since Bad Santa.” – Mark Olsen, Village Voice

“Deliciously creepy. Alongside Gremlins and The Nightmare Before Christmas, this audacious and unashamedly silly gift is an anti-holiday cult classic in the making.” – Aaron Hillis, Village Voice

  • Country Finland
  • Language In English and Finnish with English subtitles
  • Rating NR
  • Running Time 80 minutes
  • Distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories
  • Website http://oscilloscope.net
  • Director Jalmari Helander

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