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Short Film Showcase - The Official Rare Exports Inc. Safety Instructions 2005 (2005)

12 December 2010 4:49 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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)

11 December 2010 3:34 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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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Review: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

9 December 2010 12:00 PM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Earlier this week I had a flashback to my childhood Christmases -- the sound of springs creaking on an unseen attic door as it opened evoked a sense of excitement and anxiety. As a child, I imagined it was Santa Claus coming down from the attic because we did not have a real fireplace. As I grew older I realized that my parents hid our presents up there. It was a bit unnerving and overwhelming to think that Santa knew if whether I was bad or good, and could enter our house at will.

In the movie Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, opening at Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar tomorrow just in time for the holidays, Finnish writer and director Jalmari Helander reminds us of the not-so-jovial myths behind the mystic icon of Father Christmas. Helander first introduced his take on the origin and life history of Santa Claus »

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