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‘Rare Exports’ is new Christmas tradition at Grand Cinema

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Dec. 6, 2011 at 6:36 am |
December 7, 2011 6:37 pm

“Miracle on 34th Street” this isn’t.

“Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale” proved to be a hit last year when the Grand Cinema showed it and now the theater wants to make it a Christmas tradition, Grand director Philip Cowan tells me. (By the way, I predicted this in a story I wrote last year on the movie…just sayin’.)

The movie is a dark fairy tale from Finland. Deep in the Korvatunturi mountains lives a sinister Santa – a guy who chews off ears and kidnaps innocent children. An American (of course) drilling team digs him up and wants to sell him to a multinational corporation. Soon after, reindeer are slaughtered and children go missing. Only the son of a villager knows why and it’s up to him to put Santa back where he belongs.

Critics embraced the film for its dark yet amusing take on a very original Christmas story that is an antidote to the sometimes overwhelming sentimentality of the season. Go see it.

The Grand will show the film on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. and on Dec. 13 at 2:05 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

UPDATE FROM THE GRAND: Meet Demented Santa and get your picture taken with him (please bring your own camera) at the December 13 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. showings.

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