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by Jalmari Helander


It is the week before Christmas when young and adventurous Pietari uncovers the truth about Santa Claus. Legend has it that the jolly old man is more of a foe than a friend. A group of American scientists is also looking to uncover some facts in Pietari’s quiet rural town in northern Finland. It turns out that the most well-kept Christmas secret ever lies 500 meters below ground. They’ll unleash an unforeseen chain of events, after which Christmas will never ever be the same again.

international title: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
original title: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
country: Finland, Norway, France, Sweden
sales agent: Kinology
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Jalmari Helander
film run: 78'
release date: DK 02/12/2010, FI 03/12/2010, GB 03/12/2010, DE 23/12/2010, FR 14/12/2011
cast: Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila, Per Christian Ellefsen, Tommi Korpela, Rauno Juvonen, Ilmari Järvenpää
cinematography by: Mika Orasmaa
film editing: Kimmo Taavila
art director: Torunn Anfinsen, Liv Ask
costumes designer: Saija Siekkinen
music: Juri Seppä, Miska Seppä
producer: Petri Jokiranta, Knut Skoglund, Francois-Xavier Frantz, Anna Björk
production: Cinet Oy, Pomor Film ANS, Love Streams Agnès B. Productions, Davaj Film, Filmpool Nord AB
distributor: Scanbox Entertainment Denmark, SF Film Finland Oy, Icon Film Distribution, Splendid Film Gmbh, Chrysalis Films