The Watching Hour: Rare Exports - A Christmas Tale

The Watching Hour: Rare Exports - A Christmas Tale

Finland, 2010, 84 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Action/Adventure, Black Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Language: Finnish, English English Sub-Titles

35mm Presentation - 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 (Onni Tommila) and his father Rauno (Jorma Tommila), 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. Written and directed by Jalmari Helander, who expands on his hit short films "Rare Exports, Inc." and "Rare Exports, Inc.—Safety Instructions."

DIRECTOR: Jalmari Helander
Principal Cast: Per Christian Ellefsen, Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila
US Distributor: Oscilloscope Pictures

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