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Rare Exports RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE
7 PM Tuesday, December 5   Memorial Hall
1225 Elm St, Cincinnati, 45202

It's not your usual Christmas story, but a darkly comedic tale of Yuletide suspense from Finland. Entertaining and unpredictable, with sly, deadpan humor — and a Santa Claus you won't want coming down your chimney. Not for little kids.
Rare Exports It's the eve of Christmas in the isolated far north of Finland. Among the remote pine forests and frozen lakes, thousands of reindeer roam the land.  Korvatunturi is a "fell" or small mountain range in Lapland on the Russian border, which legend says was the ancient home of Father Christmas, Joulupukki in Finnish, and his elves.

Joulupukki means "Yule Goat" and was part of pagan festivities honoring the solstice and return of the sun. As a precursor to Saint Nicholas, he was a larger-than-life old man who wore goat skins and horns, known to frighten and punish children who had behaved badly. According to the legend, Laplanders captured Joulupukki after he fell into a lake and was frozen in a block of ice. They built a huge mound (Korvatunturi?) with the ice-bound Joulupukki embedded within.

In a small village near Korvtunturi residents are preparing for the Holiday and the annual return of the reindeer herd. Rauno is a reindeer rancher by trade, assisted by his young son, Pietari. His wife is dead, life is hard for Rauno and his son, and the reindeer business is failing.
But things are about to get worse.

Reindeer slaughter What happened to the reindeer herd? Was it wolves? So many slaughtered, but so little eaten. Wolves don't normally do that.

Maybe it has to do with a top-secret international "archaeological dig" at the summit of Korvatunturi, and a large block of ice removed from the core of the mountain?

An avid reader and student of legends, young Pietari suspects the worst as kids from the village disappear, as do odd things like the town's heaters and a farmer's potato sacks. What about the mysterious figures seen lurking in the forest? And bare footprints found on a roof?
What could possibly be happening?

We know, but aren't telling.   See for yourself.   Join us for an entertaining Yuletide romp packed with sly wit, suspense, solid scares, naked geriatrics and a final twist with global implications!

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EVENT DETAILS

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, director Jalmari Helandar; 2010; Finland; 85 minutes; in English and Finnish with English subtitles. Preceded by humorous shorts segment (a surprise), total run time for both approximately 95 minutes. Rated R for incidental male nudity – which is a shame because it is definitely not salacious – just a bunch of graybeard, wrinkled geriatrics. PG-13 might be more appropriate, if a young person is mature enough to handle catching a glimpse of grandpa's willy.
Tuesday, December 05, 7:00 PM, in the beautiful, newly renovated Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St, Cincinnati 45202.  Map and Parking Info
Tickets for the event (social hour with cash bar, film, post-film discussion) are:
    Adult general admission, $10 advance, $15 door.
    Adult reserved boxes, $15 advance, $20 door.
    Student/ArtsPass general admission, $8 advance, $12 door — must show valid ID upon arrival.
Click here for online tickets All tickets available online and at (859) 957-FILM.

Seating Comfort — Some patrons have found the wooden seats to be somewhat unforgiving. You may bring a cushion with you to the screening.
QUESTIONS?   Please or call (859) 957 3456.

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