Tired of watching A Christmas Story ad nauseum every year on TBS? Well if you’re lucky enough to live anywhere near New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Boston, Kansas City or any of the other theaters listed here than you’re in luck! Those are the cities that will be premiering director Jalmari Helander’s latest feature film, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale.
Based on a series of short films by Helander, Rare Exports Inc. (see above) and Rare Exports: The Official Safety Instructions, this feature length adaptation finds a band of Finland archeologists who inadvertently discover the “real” Santa Claus, a terrifyingly real (and most likely rabid) representation of ‘ole Saint Nick. Unearthed by a reindeer hunter and his young son while searching for the cause behind a recent string of missing children, Santa doesn’t take to kindly to being held captive and before long his elves come looking for him… and they ain’t too jolly either.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale opens at the IFC Center in New York on December 3, 2010 courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories. Be sure to check out the original short film above for a taste of what I can only imagine Helander has in store for theater-goers next Friday.