WEDNESDAY RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE
12.40AM, SBS ★★★
Set the recorder for this supremely strange Christmas film, quite unlike anything you’ve seen before. In the ancient folklore of Finland, Santa Claus is not the cheery, chubby, CEO of a pan-global gift-delivery company. The way the Finns remember it, Claus was a demonic tormentor of children who needed to be dealt with, once and for all. So they buried him beneath a mountain of ice. But now, centuries later, Santa is back, and no kid is safe. Jalmari Helander strikes a delicate balance between menace and whimsy that is almost impossible to resist.