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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

It’s the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an ‘archeological’ dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But this particular Santa isn’t the one you want coming to town. When the local children begin mysteriously disappearing, young Pietari and his father Rauno, a reindeer hunter by trade, capture the mythological being and attempt to sell Santa to the misguided leader of the multinational corporation sponsoring the dig. Santa’s elves, however, 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.

Finland | Norway | France | Sweden, 2010, In Finnish with English subtitles, 84 min, Rated R, Directed by Jalmari Helander

“Critics Pick!  A thing of frigid beauty and twisted playfulness.  Tots will probably never sit on Santa’s lap again.”

– THE NEW YORK TIMES

“The best anti-Christmas movie since BAD SANTA!”

– THE VILLAGE VOICE

“RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE is a rather brilliant lump of coal for your stocking hung by the fireside with care.”

– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“A spooky adventure…explores the dark side of the Santa Claus myth—if myth he is—and finds humor, and horror, lurking there.”

– Steven Rea, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

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