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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale -- In this darkly comic gem, it's Christmas Eve in northern Finland, and an archeological dig has just unearthed Santa Claus. But this Santa isn't one you want coming to town. When local children begin disappearing, Pietari and his father capture the mythological being and attempt to sell Santa to the corporation sponsoring the dig.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale -- 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...


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This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus See more »
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 » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Onni Tommila ... Pietari Kontio
Jorma Tommila ... Rauno Kontio

Tommi Korpela ... Aimo
Rauno Juvonen ... Piiparinen

Per Christian Ellefsen ... Riley
Ilmari Järvenpää ... Juuso

Peeter Jakobi ... Pietari's Elf
Jonathan Hutchings ... Brian Greene
Risto Salmi ... Sheriff
Jens Sivertsen ... Main Elf
Sigmund Bøe ... Main Elf
Olav Pedersen ... Main Elf
Nils M. Iselvmo ... Main Elf
Steinar Skogstad ... Elf
Nils Nymo ... Elf
Hjalmar Iselvmo ... Elf
Steinar Tunes ... Elf
Torgeir Fosberg ... Elf
Tor Kvammen ... Elf
Hans Prestbakmo ... Elf
Alf Roald Pedersen ... Elf
Nikolaj Alsterdal ... Elf
Knut Osa Greger ... Cargo Santa
Kjell Tore Nordli ... Helicopter Pilot
Stein-Erik Olsen ... Herdsman
Atle Kirkegård ... Miner
Hans Lindgård ... Miner
Einar Fagertun ... Miner
Bjørn Pedersen ... Miner
Tommy Svendsen ... Miner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chaton Anderson ... Trina

Directed by
Jalmari Helander 
Writing credits
Jalmari Helander (written by)

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)

Produced by
Agnès B. .... producer
Anna Björk .... line producer
Anna Björk .... producer
François-Xavier Frantz .... producer (as F.X. Frantz)
Petri Jokiranta .... producer
Tomi Nieminen .... post-production producer
Knut Skoglund .... producer
Per-Erik Svensson .... co-producer
Original Music by
Juri Seppä 
Miska Seppä 
Cinematography by
Mika Orasmaa 
Film Editing by
Kimmo Taavila 
Casting by
Nina Erdahl 
Laura Munsterhjelm 
Production Design by
Jalmari Helander 
Costume Design by
Saija Siekkinen 
Makeup Department
Elisabeth Lusie Haugan .... assistant makeup artist (as Elisabeth Haugan)
Salla Yli-Luopa .... makeup designer (as Salla Mäntymaa)
Production Management
Runar Waag Johnsen .... set manager (as Runar Waag)
Daniel Kuitunen .... production manager
Antti Peltoranta .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nina Erdahl .... second assistant director
Villy Indal .... first assistant director
Art Department
Peder Alme .... prop assistant
Torunn Anfinsen .... prop assistant
Torunn Anfinsen .... set designer
Liv Ask .... set designer
Lena P. Cederlund .... props
Markus Friskberg .... miniature hangar builder (as Markus Fiskberg)
Markus Friskberg .... second unit props
Gard Ivar Gravklev .... builder
Bjørn Tore Helgesen .... builder
Harry Hillestad .... builder
Rolf-Sander Jelsnes .... prop design artist
Runar Waag Johnsen .... builder (as Runar Waag)
Runar Waag Johnsen .... construction manager
Rønnaug Kristoffersen .... prop assistant
Renate Nicolaisen .... art department
Espen Prestbakmo .... builder
Trond Henrik Sandnes .... builder
Per Gunnar Søreng .... props
Ville Tervonen .... miniature hangar builder
Ville Tervonen .... second unit props
Odd-Knut Thoresen .... builder
Jan Kristian Vestjord .... prop assistant
Asbjørn Øverland .... builder
Sound Department
Timo Anttila .... sound designer
Rune Hansen .... supervising sound engineer
Stig Holte .... sound recordist
Jussi Honka .... sound editor
Pekka Karjalainen .... sound re-recording mixer
Heikki Kossi .... foley artist and supervisor
Tapio Liukkonen .... foley recordist
Jarno Muhonen .... boom operator: second unit
Mikko Oinonen .... score recordist
Tuomas Seppänen .... sound designer
Aki Sihvonen .... assistant engineer
Tor Vadseth .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Dan Erik Heggelund .... pyrotechnician
Dan Erik Heggelund .... special effects
Jakke Huovinen .... special effects technician
Konsta Mannerheimo .... special effects coordinator
Raine Toikkanen .... special effects technician (as Raine Tolkkanen)
Visual Effects by
Janne Aliranta .... CGI artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
Teemu Berglund .... CGI artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
Anne Dahlgren .... animator: Fake Graphics Ltd
Sakari Ekroth .... systems support: Fake Graphics Ltd
Tomi Enbuska .... motion capture actor: Lapland Studio Ltd
John Grönholm .... studio executive: Fake Graphics Ltd
Antti Herva .... CGI artist
Antti Herva .... technical director: Fake Graphics Ltd
Tero Huttunen .... CGI artist
Tero Huttunen .... compositor: Fake Graphics Ltd
Harri Hännikäinen .... visual effects production assistant: Fake Graphics Ltd
Heidi Härkönen .... CGI artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
Ilkka Immonen .... producer: Lapland Studio Ltd
Molla Karjaluoto .... production coordinator: Fake Graphics Ltd (as Pirjo Karjaluoto)
Hugo Kiekeben .... digital film artist
Neea Kilkki .... visual effects production assistant: Fake Graphics Ltd
Teemu Kutvonen .... animator: Fake Graphics Ltd
Raine Kuusi .... matte artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
Petteri Laakso .... matte artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
Mikko Lahti .... CGI artist
Mikko Lahti .... compositor
Mikko Lahti .... lighting technical director: compositor: Fake Graphics Ltd
Miia Länsimäki .... visual effects production assistant: Fake Graphics Ltd
Konsta Mannerheimo .... miniature pyrotechnics
Jouko Manninen .... animator: Lapland Studio Ltd
Arto Mikkola .... modeler: Lapland Studio Ltd
Sami Mustonen .... CGI artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
Juuso Patrikainen .... CGI artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
Pauli Pehkonen .... texture artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
Mikko Perkiökangas .... CGI artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
Tommi Rapeli .... texture artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
Peter Rees Dale .... digital film artist (as Peter Dale)
Sami Syrjä .... compositor: Fake Graphics Ltd
Jaakko Syvänen .... concept artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
Ville Vaajakallio .... CGI artist
Ville Vaajakallio .... compositor
Ville Vaajakallio .... previz artist
Ville Vaajakallio .... visual effects supervisor
Juha Ylimäki .... CGI artist: Fake Graphics Ltd
Camera and Electrical Department
Sari Aaltonen .... first assistant camera
Nikolaj Alsterdal .... assistant grip
Hanna Goding .... second assistant camera
Anders Grundström .... assistant electrician (as Anders Grundstrom)
Mika Hietala .... electrician
Torfinn Iversen .... video operator
Kosti Lehikoinen .... gaffer: second unit
Kim Miell .... second assistant camera
Jani Pinomaa .... gaffer
Tobias Schultz Hansson .... electrician trainee
John Öhman .... assistant electrician
Tor-Ulf Öhman .... key grip (as Torulf Öhman)
Animation Department
Ville Vaajakallio .... animator
Casting Department
Margus Õunapuu .... casting: Estonia
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nina Erdahl .... costume assistant
Katri Saukonpää .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Tommi Gröhn .... film recording & digital cinema mastering
Pentti Keskimäki .... colour grader
Outi Kinnunen .... dailies colourist
Joonas Kiviharju .... 2K scanning
Hannele Majaniemi .... assistant editor
Kari Manns .... colour timing: Finn-lab
Sébastien Prangère .... additional editing
Antti Reikko .... assistant editor
Frédéric Thoraval .... additional editor
Jussi Uousukainen .... data engineer
Music Department
Petri Annali .... musician: bass
Tuomo Eerikäinen .... musician: horns
Elsa Haavanlammi .... soprano
Aliisa Heinilä .... soprano
Markus Hohti .... musician: cello
Fanny Holopainen .... soprano
Leeni Holopainen .... soprano
Anna Huttunen .... musician: viola
Tiina Ignatius .... musician: cello
Outi Iljin .... musician: violin
Jussi Järvenpää .... musician: horns
Mauri Kuokkanen .... musician: viola
Riikka Lampinen .... musician: cello
Maija Linkola .... musician: violin
Maija Linkola .... orchestra contractor
Liisa Malmberg .... soprano
Mirka Notkonen .... alto
Kaisa Pulkamo .... musician: viola
Klaara Pyrhönen .... musician: violin
Juhana Ritakorpi .... notation consulting
Eeva Salminen .... musician: violin
Annariina Seppä .... choir contractor
Annariina Seppä .... soprano
Juri Seppä .... musician: keyboards and programming
Miska Seppä .... musician: keyboards and programming
Miska Seppä .... orchestrator
Riikka Sintonen .... musician: violin
Riikka Tapanainen .... alto
Elina Viitasaari .... musician: violin
Joel Ward .... soprano
Other crew
Bérengère Barrier .... production coordinator
Olaf Bjørkeng .... production assistant
Simen Dalheim Nordgård .... production assistant
Bente Frihetsli .... production assistant
Sylvi Granheim .... continuity
Johannes Halvorsen .... production assistant
Katja Härkönen .... press & media: Norrbotten
Marie Jenssen .... production assistant
Daphné Kapfer .... production assistant
Fredrik Kjenne .... production assistant
Elin Liland Ouren .... production assistant
Tuomas Lius .... translator
Roman Medjanov .... production assistant
Jane Nicolaisen .... production assistant
Santtu Parikka .... studio executive: Fake Graphics Ltd
Espen Prestbakmo .... location scouting
Erica Restoften .... production coordinator
Sondre Sandbakken .... production assistant
Annalisa Schmuckli .... assistant to producer
Yngve Sletten .... production assistant
Lena Strand Nesvik .... production assistant
Emil Johan H. Søreng .... production assistant
Vegard Tollefsen .... production assistant
Anna Maria Øvergård .... production assistant
W. .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Rare Exports" - Finland (original title)
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Rated R for some nudity and language
84 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Brian Greene's passport number is 314159265, the first several digits of pi.See more »
Continuity: After hanging on to the net for almost the entire helicopter ride with bare hands, suddenly Pietari is wearing gloves.See more »
[first lines]
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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22 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable, surprising and original Christmas Tale, 3 December 2010
Author: flamesnoopy from Finland

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

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

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

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