Director: Jalmari Helander
Stars: Tommi Korpela, Per Christian Ellefsen, Jorma Tommila, Jonathan Hutchings, Onni Tommila
Released in U.S. theaters just two years ago, Rare Exports may be too new and, well, rare to widely be considered "required holiday viewing" just yet. But it will be!
It's Christmastime in northern Finland and an American corporation has unearthed Santa Claus in the Korvatunturi mountain range. Far from the happy Ho, Ho, Ho type, the discovery of this Santa Claus coincides with the disappearance of many of the local children and the massacre of the town's reindeer population (its biggest export). But when Santa is outsmarted by a local family, his horde of elves won't let the big guy go down without a fight. One thing they didn't anticipate? That the townspeople are ready to fight back.
A Finnish statement on holiday consumerism—particularly in America—Rare Exports uses Christmas as a tool to show a world in which every person, place, or thing is for sale, including public opinion. It also offers a humorous and deeply original take on the mythology of Santa Claus, reminding audiences that you can't believe everything the media tells you.