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Year: 2010
USA: Oscilloscope Pictures
UK: Icon Film Distribution
Cast: Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila, Ilmari Jarvenpaa, Per Christian Ellefsen, Jonathan Hutchings, Tommi Korpela, Peeter Jakobi, Risto Salmi, Rauno Juvonen
Director: Jalmari Helander
Countries: Finland / Norway / France / Sweden
Language: Finnish (English subtitles)
USA & UK: 82 mins
USA Rated: R
UK Certificate: 15 contains frequent moderate threat
USA Release Date: 3 December 2010 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 3 December 2010


It's the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an 'archaeological' dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus (Per Christian Ellefsen). But this particular Santa isn't the one you want coming to town. When the local children begin mysteriously disappearing, young Pietari (Onni Tommila) and his father Rauno (Jorma Tommila), a reindeer hunter by trade, capture the mythological being.

Mistakenly, Pietari and Rauno decide to try and sell Santa to the misguided leader of the multinational corporation sponsoring the dig to the wrath of Santa's elves, who will stop at nothing to free their fearless leader from captivity. What ensues is a wildly humorous nightmare " a fantastically bizarre polemic on modern day morality.

RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE is a re-imagining of the most classic of all childhood fantasies, and is a darkly comic gem soon to be required perennial holiday viewing.

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