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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 8,469 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Fantasy
  • Release Date: 2 December 2010 (Australia)
  • Runtime: 84 min
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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)


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  • IMDb page: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 8,469 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Fantasy
  • Release Date: 2 December 2010 (Australia)
  • Runtime: 84 min
  • Budget: €1,948,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $263,210(USA)(23 January 2011)
  • Director: Jalmari Helander
  • Stars: Jorma Tommila, Peeter Jakobi and Onni Tommila
  • Original Music By: Juri Seppä  Miska Seppä   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Christmas | Santa Claus | Finland | Capture | Father Christmas

Writing Credits By:

  • Jalmari Helander 
  • Jalmari Helander (based on the original idea by) (as The Helander Brothers) and
  • Juuso Helander (based on the original idea by) (as The Helander Brothers)
  • Petri Jokiranta (dramaturge) &
  • Sami Parkkinen (dramaturge)

Known Trivia

  • There are no women in this film. All of the on-screen actors are male.

Goofs: Continuity: Rauno's hat is blown off his head after the explosion is triggered, but when they arrive at the pen, he's wearing it again.

Plot: In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus. Full summary »  »

Story: On Christmas Eve in Finland, Santa Claus is unearthed in an archaeological dig. Soon after, children start disappearing, leading a boy and his father to capture Santa and, with the help of fellow hunters, they look to sell him back to the corporation that sponsored the dig. And then there's Santa's elves, who are determined to free their leader…Written by Anonymous  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Agnès B. known as producer
  • Anna Björk known as line producer
  • Anna Björk known as producer
  • François-Xavier Frantz known as producer (as F.X. Frantz)
  • Petri Jokiranta known as producer
  • Tomi Nieminen known as post-production producer
  • Knut Skoglund known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Onni Tommila known as Pietari Kontio
  • Jorma Tommila known as Rauno Kontio
  • Tommi Korpela known as Aimo
  • Rauno Juvonen known as Piiparinen
  • Per Christian Ellefsen known as Riley
  • Ilmari Järvenpää known as Juuso
  • Peeter Jakobi known as Pietari's Elf
  • Jonathan Hutchings known as Brian Greene
  • Risto Salmi known as Sheriff
  • Jens Sivertsen known as Main Elf
  • Sigmund Bøe known as Main Elf
  • Olav Pedersen known as Main Elf
  • Nils M. Iselvmo known as Main Elf
  • Steinar Skogstad known as Elf
  • Nils Nymo known as Elf
  • Hjalmar Iselvmo known as Elf
  • Steinar Tunes known as Elf
  • Torgeir Fosberg known as Elf
  • Tor Kvammen known as Elf
  • Hans Prestbakmo known as Elf
  • Alf Roald Pedersen known as Elf
  • Nikolaj Alsterdal known as Elf
  • Knut Osa Greger known as Cargo Santa
  • Kjell Tore Nordli known as Helicopter Pilot
  • Stein-Erik Olsen known as Herdsman
  • Atle Kirkegård known as Miner
  • Hans Lindgård known as Miner
  • Einar Fagertun known as Miner
  • Bjørn Pedersen known as Miner
  • Tommy Svendsen known as Miner



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Elisabeth Lusie Haugan known as assistant makeup artist (as Elisabeth Haugan)
  • Salla Mäntymaa known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Peder Alme known as prop assistant
  • Torunn Anfinsen known as prop assistant
  • Torunn Anfinsen known as set designer
  • Liv Ask known as set designer
  • Lena P. Cederlund known as props
  • Markus Friskberg known as miniature hangar builder (as Markus Fiskberg)
  • Markus Friskberg known as second unit props
  • Gard Ivar Gravklev known as builder
  • Bjørn Tore Helgesen known as builder
  • Harry Hillestad known as builder
  • Rolf-Sander Jelsnes known as prop design artist
  • Runar Waag Johnsen known as builder (as Runar Waag)
  • Runar Waag Johnsen known as construction manager
  • Rønnaug Kristoffersen known as prop assistant
  • Espen Prestbakmo known as builder
  • Trond Henrik Sandnes known as builder
  • Per Gunnar Søreng known as props
  • Ville Tervonen known as miniature hangar builder
  • Ville Tervonen known as second unit props
  • Odd-Knut Thoresen known as builder
  • Jan Kristian Vestjord known as prop assistant
  • Asbjørn Øverland known as builder




Production Companies:

  • Cinet
  • Pomor Film
  • Love Streams Productions (as Love Streams)
  • Agnès b. Productions (as Agnès B. Productions)
  • Davaj Film
  • FilmCamp
  • Filmpool Nord
  • Kinology (in association with)
  • Yleisradio (YLE)

Other Companies:

  • Actors in Scandinavia  casting
  • Avis Bardufoss  rental cars
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Elokuvamuonitus Nakki  additional catering
  • Elokuvaääniyhtiö Humina  sound design
  • Filmgården  lighting and grip equipment
  • Finnvox Studiot  music recording
  • Generator Post  post-production
  • H5 Film Sound  foley studio
  • Kallax Flyg  helicopter
  • Luonto Creations  web design
  • Meguru Film Sound  sound re-recording mixer
  • Oy Filmfotograferna AB  additional lighting and grip equipment
  • P. Mutasen Elokuvakonepaja Oy  camera equipment
  • Scandia Rent  rental cars
  • Suomen Elokuvasäätiö  funding


  • Kinology (2010) (worldwide) (all media)
  • Chrysalis Films (2011) (France) (theatrical)
  • Earth Star Entertainment (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • FS Film Oy (2010) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Icon Film Distribution (2010) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Icon Film Distribution (2010) (UK) (theatrical)
  • MEED Films (2010) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Oscilloscope Pictures (2010) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Oscilloscope Pictures (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2010) (Norway) (theatrical)
  • Splendid Film (2010) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Vértigo Films (2011) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Earth Star Entertainment (2011) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Splendid Film (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Splendid Film (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Fake Graphics (visual effects)
  • Lapland Studio (second unit visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Janne Aliranta known as CGI artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Teemu Berglund known as CGI artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Anne Dahlgren known as animator: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Sakari Ekroth known as systems support: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Tomi Enbuska known as motion capture actor: Lapland Studio Ltd
  • John Grönholm known as studio executive: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Antti Herva known as CGI artist
  • Antti Herva known as technical director: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Tero Huttunen known as CGI artist
  • Tero Huttunen known as compositor: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Harri Hännikäinen known as visual effects production assistant: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Heidi Härkönen known as CGI artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Ilkka Immonen known as producer: Lapland Studio Ltd
  • Molla Karjaluoto known as production coordinator: Fake Graphics Ltd (as Pirjo Karjaluoto)
  • Hugo Kiekeben known as digital film artist
  • Neea Kilkki known as visual effects production assistant: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Teemu Kutvonen known as animator: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Raine Kuusi known as matte artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Petteri Laakso known as matte artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Mikko Lahti known as CGI artist
  • Mikko Lahti known as compositor
  • Mikko Lahti known as lighting technical director: compositor: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Miia Länsimäki known as visual effects production assistant: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Konsta Mannerheimo known as miniature pyrotechnics
  • Jouko Manninen known as animator: Lapland Studio Ltd
  • Arto Mikkola known as modeler: Lapland Studio Ltd
  • Sami Mustonen known as CGI artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Juuso Patrikainen known as CGI artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Pauli Pehkonen known as texture artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Mikko Perkiökangas known as CGI artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Tommi Rapeli known as texture artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Peter Rees Dale known as digital film artist (as Peter Dale)
  • Sami Syrjä known as compositor: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Jaakko Syvänen known as concept artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
  • Ville Vaajakallio known as CGI artist
  • Ville Vaajakallio known as compositor
  • Ville Vaajakallio known as previz artist
  • Ville Vaajakallio known as visual effects supervisor
  • Juha Ylimäki known as CGI artist: Fake Graphics Ltd

Release Date:

  • Switzerland 7 August 2010 (Locarno Film Festival)
  • Canada 14 September 2010 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Finland 24 September 2010 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
  • USA 24 September 2010 (Austin Fantastic Fest)
  • Spain 10 October 2010 (Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • France 12 November 2010 (Arras Film Festival)
  • UK 13 November 2010 (Leeds International Film Festival)
  • Norway 21 November 2010 (Oslo International Film Festival)
  • Sweden 24 November 2010 (Stockholm International Film Festival)
  • Australia 2 December 2010
  • Denmark 2 December 2010
  • Finland 3 December 2010
  • Ireland 3 December 2010
  • Lithuania 3 December 2010
  • Norway 3 December 2010
  • UK 3 December 2010
  • USA 3 December 2010 (limited)
  • Estonia 6 December 2010
  • Germany 23 December 2010
  • Kazakhstan 23 December 2010
  • France 28 January 2011 (Gérardmer Film Festival)
  • Netherlands 8 March 2011 (DVD premiere) (Blu-ray premiere)
  • France 2 April 2011 (Alès Film Festival)
  • Belgium 8 April 2011 (Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • Italy 5 May 2011 (Trento Film Festival)
  • Czech Republic 28 August 2011 (Fresh Film Fest)
  • Japan 3 October 2011 (Finland Film Festival in Japan)
  • Japan 8 October 2011
  • Sweden 23 November 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • France 14 December 2011
  • Spain 23 December 2011

MPAA: Rated R for some nudity and language



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. AFleet from Canada
    29 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

    I just recently caught a screening of Rare Exports: A Christmas Taleand I was definitely not disappointed. My expectations were relativelyhigh after having seen the two short films previously released in thisseries, and while this version did stray somewhat from the conceptsshown in the short films, it did stay true to the overall feel of theprevious incarnations.

    Although this film was not particularly deep or thought provoking itwas very fun to watch and highly enjoyable. Somewhat creepy in places,this was mainly played up for humorous effect and overall the filmdisplayed a dark sense of humor quite different from any Christmasmovie that I have ever seen.

    I would highly recommend this film to fans of the original short filmsor anyone looking for something a little bit different around theholiday season!

  2. kingbrutus from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

    I saw this the other day at the London Film Festival and went in withno expectations, not having seen the short films it was based on. Itwas a fantastic surprise and i would put it right up there, if not innumber one position, as the best film festival films i have ever seen.The pace and storyline were top notch and although some of thecharacters were a bit weak in substance and originality it took nothingaway from my enjoyment of the film. This is one i would highlyrecommend to any film fan except those under 13. Indeed it is one iwould be proud to recommend as it has a dark and dry sense of humourand an original twist on the Christmas tale. I will buy the DVD andhappily see it again; I rarely say those words these days.

  3. theycallmemrglass from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

    Just seen this at a Preview Screening in London.

    This was an excellent little Christmas horror film but good enough forolder kids above 13 to watch. Its not gory as this is one of those lessis more type of films but it is quite creepy. Bizarelly, there is quitea bit of male nudity but its in such a way that you should thinknothing of it. It wasn't a big deal to the on screen characters and Isuspect somehow that the film makers are not expecting it to be a bigdeal with us either. But there were a few people in my audience whochuckled loudly and as for me, I did so, quietly, and fleetinglywanting to just watch the film unravel its mysteries.

    The child antagonist was absolutely superb playing the typical "whywon't the grown ups listen to me" role. How he eventually grabs theirattention will have you cheering like hell. The story is well paced andcreepy. With a couple of good twists and a sprinkle of humour thrown inthe mix.

    The soundtrack was pretty bombastic (reminiscent of Michael Giacchino"Roar" track from Cloverfield) which was great but perhaps a little tooover used when a bit more subtlety was needed in certain moments of thefilm.

    This film reminds me of my favourite old dark fable movies with childprotagonists such as Night of the Hunter, Something Wicked This WayComes, and Lost Boys. In fact I would sum this up as a Stephen Kingtype horror story for the family.

    The very ending of the film felt rather overly silly though, which ismy only criticism but its not enough to knock any marks off my rating.

    This might well turn into a Christmas sleeper hit, if not, perhapslater on, will be a little cult classic

  4. gordon mackenzie (gordonmackenzie@btinternet.com) from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

    I've just seen this film with my Finnish girlfriend who was delightedwith the pin-sharp Finnish black Humour running through it. The actingwas good but the young boy deserves great credit making his rolebelievable. It is nice to see an alternate Xmas film doing what is avery limited run in Britain. There is much joy to behold in this filmfrom the beautiful locations, the music score which enhanced the filmand made it feel a much bigger picture and not forgetting an edit thatdid not add any silly modernistic cuts/editing style. I thought theending just about summed up the film, dark black humour Finnish style,I hope this becomes a wee cult classic in the future. Go see it!

  5. LrgrThnLf from Australia
    29 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

    Very creepy in parts, but with a very enjoyable streak of black comedy,this movie is a must see. The fact it's primarily in Finnish withminimal English did not detract from my enjoyment of the film at all(subtitles are really easy to follow, folks!).

    The acting by the lead young boy in the movie is excellent and not atall cheesy and whilst this is not a character driven movie as such, Ibelieve there's enough exposition to carry the plot through withoutpeople wondering "How the hell did that happen? Where did that comefrom? How does he know how to control that vehicle?"

    If you're sick of plots involving candy canes, people stealing presentsand grinchesque characters tamely threatening the holiday season, thenthis is the movie for you!

  6. samuel-legassick from London, England
    29 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

    Full review here: http://thewildbore.blogspot.com/2010/12/rare-exports-Christmas-tale.html

    Finland isn't known for it's film exports, so here truly is a 'RareExport' but should we return it? It's not exactly in the spirit ofChristmas is it?

    This film is rather a prequel to two short films that the director madein 2003 and 2005 (both I will stick at the end of this article) whereSanta isn't the merry old fat man we've come to know and love but israther a beast of the wild that is tamed and exported around the world.But deciding that some short films weren't enough, Jalmari Helanderdecides to make a feature film about his 'hunters' before the events ofRare Exports Inc. & Rare Exports: Official Safety Instructions. I haveto put this film into context because when viewing the film, notknowing much about it, it seemed very strange afterwards but now itkind of makes sense. However, it might be worth watching without seeingthe videos included here, but it's your choice.

    Either way, the story is about how some corporate diggers areexcavating something from a mountain near a remote village in the snowyoutdoors. But it is a young boy who works out what is buried beneathand is taking every precaution just in case, whether it's tapingcardboard to your bum or carrying around a shotgun, he's not taking anychances. I read somewhere that this harks back to the kiddie films ofthe Eighties like The Goonies where the kids were always right and theadults were idiots, but this has much more of a horror element to it.In fact, it is very funny in different places for different reasons butalways keeps a dark, sinister edge whether it's the weird wooden dolls,the crazy rich excavator or the creepy Santa they find, there's alwaysa tinge of horror at all times.

    The film is very well directed and, like many have said (mainly becauseof the snow) reminds people of The Thing, but all the set-up's arethere and around the whole thing is the myth of Santa Claus (or Clawsin this case). It makes for a very exciting, disturbing experience thatis set around a time where people are supposed to get together and forsomeone who doesn't really enjoy Christmas, like myself, it makes awelcome distraction to all the 'niceness' of the Christmas season. Theacting is, for the most part, very impressive and the end sequenceswith hundreds of naked old men running across the mountains is bothfunny and breathtaking at the same time. The film finds a great balancebetween horror, terror, humour and remembering that it shouldn't takeitself too seriously, the gag is that it's about Santa after all.

    I always found something creepy about a fat, old man going intochildren's houses at night and giving them presents, seeing if they'vebeen 'naughty or nice' and this plays on people's insecuritiesespecially at a time where paedophilia is all over the news these days.It also has a rather serious, dramatic edge with an obviously painfulfather/son relationship, a man who is frustrated with the world and a'coming-of-age' element about sacrifice and becoming independent. Itcould also be seen as a war of male generations, the son against thefather, and the father against his own father, which in this case isrepresented by Father Christmas, it would make sense seeing as there isno females in the whole film but rather a world of manly hunters wheresoppy things like Christmas have no place.

    Overall, the film is enjoyable and the last five minutes is ratherstrange but makes sense once you see the short films. It might have afew plot holes but has been well thought out, perfectly directed andfor something that could have so easily been one big joke, remains animpressive piece of work that the director clearly cared about. Irecommend that you forget the usual Christmas ho-ho-Hell's and delveinto a dark place where being naughty or nice is a life or deathdecision.

    More on http://thewildbore.blogspot.com/2010/12/rare-exports-christmas-tale.html

  7. BerzerkerX from Finland
    29 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

    I haven't yet seen the short movies, but what i've heard is that thisis a prequel to those short movies, so it won't matter.

    The movie is very enjoyable to watch and easy to recommend to familiesto watch (families who have kids at least 13 years old). It's littlebit scary for kids and has pretty dark humor, but it's still goodhearted film. Especially the ending. The acting is great, especiallyPietari's (Onni Tommila) performance is great. Even though it's acliché that the adults won't believe the child, it doesn't matter,because the film makes you aware that the adults will eventually knowwhat they're dealing with. The music is also great. Only criticism ihave for this movie, is that it didn't do or show things you reallywanted or expected and that the CGI-effects aren't so great in someparts of the movie and they should have been shorter so they wouldn'tgive you that awkward feeling that not-so-good CGI-effects give you.

  8. kasserine from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

    I had seen some of the short films that lead to the making of thisfeature, so I already had a pretty good idea of how it would unfold.However, this fact didn't spoil the film for me and only added to theanticipation.

    Set in Finland on Christmas Eve, a father(Rauno) and son (Pietari)prepare for a reindeer hunt, that will sustain the small familyfinancially for the new year. A parallel event, above the herding areafor the hunt, is proceeding. A group of miners are preparing to uneartha mysterious creature under direction of an equally mysterious patron.

    Things go downhill from there. And what make the subsequent eventsinteresting and entertaining is the skill the director has in pacingthe film and the actors in creating believable characters. Particularlycharming is Onni Tommila the actor playing Pietari. I wish I couldthink of a better term then "warms my heart," but that's exactly how Ifeel when I see little Pietari running around dragging his littlestuffed animal behind him. The point being that when you like acharacter, like Pietari, the tension is raised because you care whathappens to them. The actor playing the father, Jorma Tommila (real lifefather to Onni), is also quite good at soliciting sympathy from theaudience. It's clear from his expressions that, when the reindeer huntgoes awry, the family is in dire straits.

    My main criticism might be that once the action starts, things fall soquickly into place, that it feels a little contrived. And, this is nosmall thing considering, we're talking about a movie that has aghoulish Santa Claus that hunts children. But, that very same premise,in its novelty, saves the film from getting too bogged down. It'ssimply interesting to watch. You have Santa and his elves presented ina very, VERY different light.

    I can't tell if I would have been satisfied with the ending since Ialready had a good idea of what was going to happen from the shortfilms, but nevertheless, from start to finish, I found Rare Exports: AChristmas Tale quite entertaining and even a little scary in someplaces. And, I will forever be charmed by the films hero, Pietra.

    Who knows, maybe this film will replace It's a Wonderful Life as thenew Christmas standard. Probably not, but it's certainly a welcomeaddition to the genre and will be one I'll look forward watching againthis time, next year.

  9. John Brookes from Perth, Australia
    29 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

    This is a great movie. It would have been impossible for Hollywood tohave made this movie. They would have needed a huge special effectsbudget, and the continuity people would never have allowed it through.They would have played it as a goofy comedy. Thankfully it was made inFinland. If the Americans decide to do a remake, make sure you see theoriginal first.

    As it is, it is thoroughly clever, and wonderfully naively charming.The director had an idea, and chose an optimum path to realise thatidea – a very tricky feat.

    I'm from Australia, but I couldn't help wondering if Finnish people andNew Zealanders are similar.

    BTW, count the women who appear in the movie.

  10. flamesnoopy from Finland
    29 Mar 2012, 10:06 pm

    Having seen this in the movie theaters, and being pleasantly surprised,I feel I am finally early enough to throw a little review. If youexpect a movie with well built characters, and/or can't stand violence(which isn't rough at all, actually, very tame) you probably findyourself disappointed after you have watched it. But if you take itlight heartedly, and manage to ditch the idea of this being an instantclassic, you'll enjoy it.

    The humour is great, and as a (proud!) member of the Finnish nation, Iliked it. A lot. When movies like Tropic Thunder and Zombieland lack inthat department (I did not laugh once when watching either of thosefilms), Rare Exports deliver. Some of the stuff might be hard tounderstand if you don't get the language, but there is plenty of othertype of humour available as well.

    As I said already, the characters aren't that well built, but that isnot what they attempted, or even wanted it seems. Instead, it bringsand original storyline, which doesn't follow the usual movie scheme. Idoubt you have ever seen anything like the Rare Exports, and I wouldsuggest everyone to give it a try.

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