FANGORIA: Following in the footsteps of warped holiday treats like SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT and BAD SANTA, New York’s Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired all North American rights to Jalmari Helander’s RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE, hot off the movie’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Finnish film has been described as a “re-imagining of the most classic of all childhood fantasies,” and “a darkly comic gem destined for cult status,” per the press announcement.
RARE EXPORTS’ official synopsis reads: “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 attempts 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 bizarre polemic on modern day morality.”
Oscilloscope chief Adam Yauch said: “This is really a unique film, the filmmaking exceptional, Jalmari’s sense of timing, perfect. I’m tempted to say it’s like the Coen brothers meets THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS, but RARE EXPORTS is so original in its feel and approach that I’ll refrain from such comparisons and simply say: gas up your snowmobiles, load your shotguns and smoke ’em if you got ’em—‘cause we intend to uncage this sucker in theaters for the holidays.”
Yes, Oscilloscope plans on a December release for RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE, and the movie makes its U.S. premiere at Austin’s Fantastic Fest this coming weekend.