Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
|Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jalmari Helander|
|Produced by||Petri Jokiranta|
|Screenplay by||Jalmari Helander|
|Story by||Jalmari Helander
Per Christian Ellefsen
|Music by||Juri Seppä
|Edited by||Kimmo Taavila|
|Distributed by||FS Film Oy (Finland)
Scanbox Entertainment (Norway)
Chrysalis Films (France)
|Running time||81 minutes|
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a 2010 Finnish horror-fantasy-thriller film directed by Jalmari Helander about people living near the Korvatunturi mountain who discover the secret behind Santa Claus. The film is based on a 2003 short film Rare Exports Inc. by Jalmari and Juuso Helander.
The film focuses on a group of local reindeer herders whose Christmas is disturbed by excavations on the mountain. A scientist has ordered a team of workers to dig open what he calls "the largest burial mound in the world". An explosive used by the team uncovers what is referred to as a "sacred grave". However, the occupant of the grave is still alive.
Soon, the reindeer important to the local people are mysteriously killed, and children and supplies begin to disappear from the town. It emerges that the occupant is the source of the original Santa Claus myth; a supernatural being who, rather than rewarding good children, punishes the naughty. One family, however, manages to catch the culprit in a trap, and plans to sell it to the scientist to cover the losses caused by his excavation.
In 2003, the Finnish commercials production company Woodpecker Film published the short movie Rare Exports Inc. online. Here, the film's writer and director Jalmari Helander established a band of three hunters (marker, sniper, and tracker) searching the wilderness of Lapland for the wild Santa Claus. After the positive reception from an online audience, Woodpecker Film produced and published the sequel short movie Rare Exports: The Official Safety Instructions in 2005, again with Helander as writer-director.
In 2007, Jalmari Helander introduced producer Petri Jokiranta to his idea of a feature length Rare Exports film based on his shorts that have already acquired a cult reputation in the internet. Jokiranta's company, Cinet, picked the rights and Helander started to develop the concept together with Jokiranta.
In 2009, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale was in production and in Christmas 2010 it was released simultaneously theatrically in Finland, Norway, Germany, UK, US and Australia. The film won numerous awards such as the Variety Piazza Grande award in Locarno and Best Motion Picture and Best Director in Sitges 2010. In 2011 director Jalmari Helander and producer Petri Jokiranta received the Finnish Film State Award for their collaboration.
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The film received positive critics. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 89% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 87 reviews, with an average score of 7/10, making the film a "certified fresh" on the website's rating system. Roger Ebert awarded the film three and a half out of four stars and called it "an original, daring, carefully crafted film".
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- Weissberg, Jay (August 13, 2010). "Variety Reviews - Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale". Variety. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
- Finnish Film Foundation, Facts & Figures 2009 (Finnish), p. 6. Retrieved 22 July 2011
- "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
- Rare Exports Inc. on the official YouTube channel of production company Woodpecker Film on YouTube
- "Rare Exports: The Official Safety Instructions" on the official YouTube channel of production company Woodpecker Film on YouTube
- "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
- Roger Ebert (22 December 2010). "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
- Official website
- Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale at the Internet Movie Database
- Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale at Box Office Mojo
- Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale at Rotten Tomatoes
- Rare Exports Inc. at the Internet Movie Database
- The Official Rare Exports Inc. Safety Instructions at the Internet Movie Database
- Official UK Rare Exports Fanhub