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‘The Other Side Of Hope’ Trailer: Aki Kaurismaki Takes On The Refugee Crisis

In a season filled with expensive, noisy blockbusters and over eager Oscar contenders, a new film by the singular, wonderful Aki Kaurismaki is a soothing balm. “The Other Side Of Hope” is coming soon, and it looks like it’ll be a delightfully different treat from the cinematic treadmill.

Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Janne Hyytiäinen, Nuppu Koivu, Ilkka Koivula, Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon, Kaija Pakarinen, Kati Outinen, Tommi Korpela and Tuomari Nurmio, star in the award winning movie about a Syrian refugee who crosses paths with a restaurant owner in Helsinski, with the typically comical and surreal results we expect from Kaurismaki.

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Berlin Film Review: ‘The Other Side of Hope’

Berlin Film Review: ‘The Other Side of Hope’
There are a lot of things that feed into ’90s nostalgia, and a weariness with the technology of our time ranks high among them. That’s one reason why the films of Aki Kaurismäki, the cheeky minimalist of Finland, now offer a strange kind of retro comfort. He made his first — and still biggest — splash nearly 30 years ago, with the one-two punch of “Leningrad Cowboys Go America” (1989) and “The Match Factory Girl” (1990), and in all that time Kaurismäki has never changed his style: the static camera set-ups and cheap mood lighting (think David Lynch shot with a 100-watt bulb), the unsmiling characters dropping terse zingers between endless long pauses, the whole “Stranger Than Paradise”-in-the-land-of-herring absurdity.

The Other Side of Hope,” the new Kaurismäki film that just premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, is set in Helsinki, a cosmopolitan city that, in this movie, at least, looks like a quaint,
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Kaurismaki's 'Other Side Of Hope' sets February release date

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First image released from new film about Finnish travelling salesman who meets a Syrian refugee.

Aki Kaurismaki’s new film The Other Side Of Hope (Toivon Tuolla Puolen) has confirmed its Finnish release date of Feb 3. The Match Factory handles international sales.

The 98-minute film, shot in the early autumn in Helsinki, tells the story of a Finnish travelling salesman crossing paths with a Syrian refugee.

The Other Side Of Hope is the second instalment in Kaurismäki’s trilogy focusing on port cities, which began with Le Havre.

The lead actors are Sherwan Haji as Syrian refugee Khaled, and Sakari Kuosmanen as Wikström the salesman.

The cast also includes Janne Hyytiäinen, Nuppu Koivu and Ilkka Koivula as personnel of the “Kultainen tuoppi” restaurant owned by Wikström, and Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon playing Iraqi asylum seeker Mazdak. Other cast includes Kaija Pakarinen, Kati Outinen, Tommi Korpela and Tuomari Nurmio.

Key crew includes DoP Timo Salminen, costume designer
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'Borgen' star joins 'The Eternal Road'

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'Borgen' star joins 'The Eternal Road'
Sidse Babett Knudsen joins cast of Finnish-Swedish-Estonian drama.

Borgen and The Duke Of Burgundy star Sidse Babett Knudsen has joined the cast of The Eternal Road (Ikitie), the Finnish-Swedish-Estonian drama directed by Aj Annila that begins shooting in Estonia today (June 20).

Ilkka Matila produces for Helsinki-based Mrp Matila Rohr Productions while co-producers are Martin Person from Sweden’s Person Anagram and Kristian Taska from Estonia’s Taska Film.

The film, which will shoot for about six weeks between now and January 2017, is based on Antti Tuuri’s bestselling book of the same name; Tuuri has written the screenplay alongside the director.

Tommi Korpela (A Man’s Job) plays Jussi Ketola, an American who returns to his Finnish homeland during the Great Depression. He is abducted by right wing thugs and flees to establish a new life in the Soviet Union where American immigrants take part in building a worker’s paradise until Stalin’s government turns against
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Berenice Bejo, Alexander Fehling to Star in Rohfilm’s ‘Three Peaks’

Berenice Bejo, Alexander Fehling to Star in Rohfilm’s ‘Three Peaks’
Leipzig-based Rohfilm, whose Forum screener “Deadweight” unspooled at the Berlin Film Festival on Sunday, has unveiled a number of upcoming productions, including, “Three Peaks,” starring Germany’s “Homeland” star Alexander Fehling and French-Argentine actress Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”).

Jan Zabeil (“The River Used to Be a Man”) is directing the €2.5 million ($2.8 million) film, a family drama set in the Tirolean Alps. Echo Film in Italy and German pubcaster Swr are co-producing.

Also scheduled to shoot this year is Lothar Herzog’s Belorussia-set debut feature “Woods.” Pubcasters Wdr and Arte are onboard as co-producers.

In addition, Rohfilm is putting together financing for Emily Atef’s “Three Days in Quiberon,” about famed Austrian-born actress Romy Schneider, starring Marie Baeumer, Birgit Minichmayr and Charly Huebner.

The company is currently finishing up Raoul Peck’s previously announced “The Young Karl Marx,” starring August Diehl, which is currently in post-production in Belgium and Germany.

Axel Koenzen’s “Deadweight,
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Second Opinion - Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, 2010.

Directed by Jalmari Helander.

Starring Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila, Tommi Korpela, Rauno Juvonen, Per Christian Ellefsen, Ilmari Jarvenpaa, Peeter Jakobi, Jonathan Hutchings.

Synopsis:

A supernatural Santa Claus is unearthed during an excavation in the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains.

If you fancy something a bit different to watch this Christmas, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is the film for you. This eerie Finnish thriller follows young Pietari Kontio (Onni Tommila), as he discovers clues proving the existence of a blood thirsty, demonic Santa Claus, whose body has been unearthed in an archaeological dig.

The idea for this film is based on Finnish folklore; that Santa Claus is not the lovable, chubby, gift-giving man that we know of. Instead he is a demonic creature who tortures children for being naughty at Christmas time. In parts of Italy, Germany and Austria, young men take part
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DVD Review: Rare Exports

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Stars: Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila, Tommi Korpela, Rauno Juvonen | Written by Jalmari Helander, Juuso Helander, Petri Jokiranta and Sami Parkkinen | Directed by Jalmari Helander

Driven by his curiosity regarding a supposed archeological excavation located on a mountain near his remote rural home, young and adventurous Pietari stumbles upon the shocking, ugly truth about the being known the world over as Santa Claus. Local legend suggests the jolly old man in the red suit was in reality a supernatural creature that, rather than rewarding children for being good, severely punished those who were naughty. When a large herd of reindeer on which Pietari’s father depends for his livelihood is found slaughtered, the townsfolk suspect it is the work of hungry wolves that have crossed into the area from the nearby slopes. But when all the local children mysteriously disappear overnight, Pietari fears the scientists
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Exclusive: Jalmari Helander Talks Rare Exports

Exclusive: Jalmari Helander Talks Rare Exports
Rare Exports director Jalmari Helander discusses his Christmas classic Rare Exports and more.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is certainly on its way to becoming a new holiday classic, in a very non-traditional way. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale was recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, which will surely make great a stocking stuffer for anyone in your family who appreciates a Christmas tale served up with a genre flair. I recently had the chance to ask director Jalmari Helander a few questions about Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, the origins of the story, a potential sequel, and more. Here's what he had to say below.

When you made the first Rare Exports short film in 2003, were you setting that up as a proof of concept for a feature film down the road, or did it all branch off the popularity of that short?

Jalmari Helander:
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DVD Review - Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, 2010.

Directed by Jalmari Helander.

Starring Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila, Tommi Korpela, Rauno Juvonen, Per Christian Ellefsen, Ilmari Jarvenpaa, Peeter Jakobi, Jonathan Hutchings.

Synopsis:

On Christmas Eve, something is unearthed in an archaeological dig, leading to a series of strange events. Reindeer are found slaughtered, children disappear, and a young boy thinks he’s discovered who’s behind it all: Santa Claus and his elves.

It’s Christmastime in snowy Finland and a young boy called Pietari (Onni Tommila) watches a team of men drilling down into the Korvantunturi Mountains on the border with Russia. These ‘seismic researchers’ find sawdust and blocks of ice beneath the earth and their leader is pleased with the discovery of a burial ground. As they dig further down, Pietari tells his friend he thinks Santa Claus is buried under the mountains.

He goes home to research Santa and finds
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Contest: Win Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale on Blu-ray

Contest: Win Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale on Blu-ray
The unique holiday movie Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale arrives on Blu-ray and DVD October 25. We are celebrating this new Christmas movie with a new contest where we're giving away copies of the Blu-ray and posters as well. These prizes will certainly go fast, so enter this contest today.

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Rare Exports Blu-ray

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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 and his father Rauno, a reindeer hunter by trade, capture the
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Exclusive: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Blu-ray Featurette

Exclusive: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Blu-ray Featurette
We have an exclusive featurette for the upcoming home video release Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD October 25. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is also currently available on iTunes and VOD platforms. Click on the video player below to watch early rehearsal footage from this holiday cult classic.

Click to watch Exclusive: Rehearsal!

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 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
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Home of Dark Butterflies, The (Tummien perhosten koti) | Review - Austin Nordic Film Festival 2011

Juhani (Niilo Syväoja) has been bounced around foster homes for the last six years; he is a young teenager when he arrives at The Island, a boys’ reformatory run by Olavi (Tommi Korpela), an administrator with a severe god complex ("I am God and this is my kingdom"). Juhani has been sent to The Island because he is considered to be a hopeless case, which is apparently Olavi’s specialty, but other than his disregard of authority and reclusive behavior, we are given no signs of Juhani being hopeless. It is apparent however, that Juhani has never recovered from a severe psychological trauma -- the mysterious death of his baby sibling -- that occurred in his murky as pond-water past. Immediately following his sibling’s death, Juhani was separated from his parents (the reasons for this separation are not revealed at first). Whatever happened, Juhani is carrying an intense amount
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Short Film Showcase - The Official Rare Exports Inc. Safety Instructions 2005 (2005)

The Official Rare Exports Inc. Safety Instructions 2005, 2005.

Directed by Jalmari Helander.

Written by Jalmari Helander and Juuso Helander.

Starring Otso Tarkela, Tommi Korpela, Jorma Tommila, Tazu Ovaska, Otto, Aimo Lehtonen, and Jonathan Hutchings (narrator).

"Not meant for the public eye, this film reveals the dark reality of what's wrong with company's product. With its primitive instincts triggered by bad behaviour of people around it, the seemingly tame Father Christmas will forget the intensive training and turn into a brutal beast. You better watch out, you better not cry, There's no room for mistakes."

The Official Rare Exports Inc. Safety Instructions 2005 is the sequel to Jalmari Helander's short fantasy film Rare Exports Inc. and takes the form of an instructional video showing new employees of the Father Christmas distribution company how to tame the feral bloodthirsty creatures. Helander has since developed the concept into his debut feature, Rare Exports
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Short Film Showcase - Rare Exports Inc. (2003)

Rare Exports Inc., 2003.

Directed by Jalmari Helander.

Written by Jalmari Helander and Juuso Helander.

Starring Otso Tarkela, Tommi Korpela, Jorma Tommila, Tazu Ovaska and Jonathan Hutchings (narrator).

"Just before the first snow of winter falls, professional hunters begin their work. The long process of tracking, hunting and transforming this king of the forest into a finished product is a time consuming process, but the final outcome is a reason to celebrate."

Rare Exports Inc. is a short fantasy film from Finland centering on a trio of hunters - the marker (Tommi Korpela), the sniper (Jorma Tommila) and the tracker (Tazu Ovaska) - who are employed by the aforementioned company to capture and tame an especially rare and dangerous prey for the Christmas season...

Written by siblings Jalamari and Jusso Helander and directed by the former, Rare Exports Inc. was followed by a sequel in 2005 entitled The Official Rare Exports Inc. Safety Instructions 2005
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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Movie Review

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Movie Review
Title: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Director: Jalmari Helander Starring: Per Christian Ellefsen, Peter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela, Jorma Tommila, Jonathan Hutchings, Onni Tommila, Risto Salmi, Rauno Juvonen, Ilmari Jarvenpaa There’s nothing like a good tease every now and then. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is an 80 minute version of strip club teasing. Although one always want more, the majority of club patrons usually leave satisfied. This is the feeling when one will have after seeing this dark, humorous take on Santa and his elves. Having said that, even though the above gentlemen’s club reference rings true, there is the other aspect or reaction of being teased…Frustration. Since the trailer hasn’t [...]
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Remake On The Cards Already For Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Finnish flick 'Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale' arrives in theatres both here in the UK and stateside this Friday and it's certainly been ramped up in the marketing stakes this seasonal period with screenings, trailers and even a caged Santa appearing in carnaby Street in London last week. So with an 'expected' semi-success already on the cards for Jalmari Helander's new dark fantasy flick studio fat cats across the pond are already eyeing up a potential remake! The director himself confirmed 'There's lot of conversation about the remake right now.' says Helander. 'We're seeing what's happening. It would be interesting to see an American, more mainstream version [of Rare Exports]'. - Not entirely sure that's true, and not entrely certain it's necessary whatsoever. Per Christian Ellefsen, Peeter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela, Jorma Tommila, Jonathan Hutchings and Onni Tommila all star....
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Santa is Not a Happy Fella in Rare Exports Clip

Why is Santa a bit peeved in Jalmari Helander’s “Rare Exports”? Um, hanging him from the ceiling will just about tick anyone off, apparently. Check out a clip from the imported horror flick “Rare Exports”. You can read our review of the movie here. On the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, an archeological dig unearths Santa Claus. This particular Santa, however, isn’t the one you want coming to town. When most of the town’s children go missing, Pietari and his father, a local hunter named Rauno, come into possession of the mythological being. Rauno’s clan of hunters attempt to cash in on the opportunity by selling Santa back to the misguided leader of the multinational corporation sponsoring the dig. What ensues is nothing short of a wildly humorous nightmare — a fantastically bizzare polemic on modern day morality. Starring Per Christian Ellefsen, Peeter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela,
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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Review

In a nod to Hans Christian Andersen's sinister fairy-tales and 80s children's adventure flicks, Finnish film-maker Jalmari Helander's first feature, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, is released just in time for the festive season.

It's 24 days to Christmas and the livelihoods of a small mountainside community in Lapland are suffering – the reindeer they slaughter and sell have all been massacred. Seeking an answer, an angry group cross over into an excavation site and find more than they bargained for. It seems Korvatunturi mountain is some kind of giant ice box. Pietari, the son of one of these reindeer farmers, believes the original Santa Claus has been dug up.

Soon strange things start to happen in the community – all the radiators are torn off the walls, a hair dryer is stolen and a farmer has all his potatoes emptied from their sacks. Pietari's father finds a peculiar naked
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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Red Band Trailer

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Icon Film, via Bloody-Disgusting, have released a brand new red band trailer for Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale has picked up a fair bit of momentum after winning Best Film and Best Director awards at the Sitges Film Festival, as well as making the selection at the London and Toronto Film Festivals.

Directed by Jalmari Helander, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale will be released in the UK on December 3 and stars Tommi Korpela, Per Christian Ellefsen, Jorma Tommila and Jonathan Hutchings.

In the depths of Lapland’s Korvatunturi Mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up.

You better watch out, you better not cry, better not shout, I’m telling you why… Based on the award winning shorts of director Jalmari Helander that have already acquired a cult reputation in the internet,
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Exclusive: UK Poster for Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

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Yesterday we showed you the new international trailer for Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale and today, Icon have given us this brand new UK poster to share with the world. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale which is released in UK cinemas 3rd December. The movie won best film and Best Director at the Sitges Film Festival as well as making the selection at the London Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival. It’s directed by Jalmari Helander and stars Tommi Korpela, Per Christian Ellefsen, Jorma Tommila and Jonathan Hutchings.

Synopsis: In the depths of Lapland’s Korvatunturi Mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up.

You better watch out, you better not cry, better not shout, I’m telling you why… Based on the award winning shorts of director Jalmari Helander that have already acquired a cult reputation in the Internet,
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