Oscilloscope gets N.A. rights to 'Christmas'

Company plans Dec. release for its second TIFF acquisition

In its second pick-up out of the Toronto International Film Festival, Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Jalmari Helander's "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale."

The movie, which had its world premiere at TIFF, imagines an archeological dig in Finland that unearths the remains of Santa Claus, which leads to competing claims to exploit the find.

Hoping that the movie will attract a cult following, Oscilloscope is planning a December release for the film, which will play Austin's Fantastic Fest this weekend.

Company head 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 it's 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."

At TIFF, Oscilloscope also claimed North American rights to Kelly Reichardt's "Meek's Cutoff."