Friday, September 24, 2010

Rare Exports

FI / NO / FR / SE (c) 2010 [four companies]. D+SC: Jalmari Helander - based on an idea by Juuso Helander. Starring Tommi Korpela, Per Christian Ellefsen, Jorma Tommila, Jonathan Hutchings, Onni tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Rauno Juvonen. Ilmari Järvenpää. Ca 80 min. In English without subtitles. Viewed at Bio Rex, Helsinki Film Festival (surprise movie), 24 Sep 2010

In the presence of Jalmari Helander, Petri Jokiranta (P), Mika Orasmaa (DP), Juri Seppä (M), Miska Seppä, Tuomas Seppänen (S).

Great buzz preceded Rare Exports, and it is a great deadpan Christmas parody with comic and horror aspects. It takes place at the Korvatunturi fell, home of Santa Claus. The directorial touch of Jalmari Helander is assured. Rare Exports may be compared with the films of Joe Dante, but Helander's vision is original.

There have been quite a few Lapland films in Finland recently, but Rare Exports is unique. There are those that already rate this as the best Finnish picture of the year.

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