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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.

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Ilmari Järvenpää ...
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Jonathan Hutchings ...
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Jens Sivertsen ...
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Sigmund Bøe ...
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Olav Pedersen ...
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Nils M. Iselvmo ...
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Steinar Skogstad ...
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Nils Nymo ...
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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

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You thought you didn't believe in Santa Claus anymore... See more »


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Rated R for some nudity and language | See all certifications »

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3 December 2010 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale  »

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Budget:

€1,948,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,281 (USA) (3 December 2010)

Gross:

$263,210 (USA) (21 January 2011)
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Trivia

Brian Greene's passport number is 314159265, the first several digits of pi. See more »

Goofs

When Pietari goes onto the porch of Juuso's house, he drags his stuffed animal on a string behind him. In the next shot, the leash is suddenly cinched up and the toy is hanging near his knee. See more »

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Brian Greene: This is what's been worrying me. Drilling sample number 76, from 1300 foot. See, we've finally found something else than just plain rocks and dirt.
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what a wonderful surprise
31 October 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this the other day at the London Film Festival and went in with no expectations, not having seen the short films it was based on. It was a fantastic surprise and i would put it right up there, if not in number one position, as the best film festival films i have ever seen. The pace and storyline were top notch and although some of the characters were a bit weak in substance and originality it took nothing away from my enjoyment of the film. This is one i would highly recommend to any film fan except those under 13. Indeed it is one i would be proud to recommend as it has a dark and dry sense of humour and an original twist on the Christmas tale. I will buy the DVD and happily see it again; I rarely say those words these days.


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