Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

December 3rd 2010
  • Comedy,
  • Unrated,
  • 100 min,
  • Oscilloscope Pictures
  • Cast: Per Christian Ellefsen, Peeter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela, Jorma Tommila, Onni Tommila, Jonathan Hutchings, Risto Salmi, Rauno Juvonen, Ilmari Järvenpää
  • Director: Jalmari Helander
  • Writers: Jalmari Helander, Juuso Helander
  • Producers: Anna Björk, François-Xavier Frantz, Petri Jokiranta
  • Co Producer: Knut Skoglund
  • Costume Design: Saija Siekkinen
  • D.O.P.: Mika Orasmaa
  • Editor: Kimmo Taavila
  • Makeup: Salla Mäntymaa
  • Music: Juri Seppä
  • Production Designs: Torunn Anfinsen, Liv Ask


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 all 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. "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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Finland
  • Production Budget: €1.95 million
  • Production Companies: Agnès b. Productions, Cinet, Davaj Film, FilmCamp, Filmpool Nord, Love Streams Productions, Pomor Film, Yleisradio
  • Production Schedule: August 2009 - November 2009

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Based on a 2003 short film titled Rare Exports Inc.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 2 December 2010: Australia
  • 3 December 2010: Finland, UK