Finnish writer and director Jalmari Helander made a big splash with 2010’s Rare Exports, the tale of a giant, monstrous Santa Claus. How do you follow that? The answer arrives at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival in the form of Big Game, which makes its world premiere at the event tomorrow night when it kicks off TIFF’s Midnight Madness strand.
Samuel L. Jackson stars in the film as an American president who, following an attack on Air Force One, is pursued through the Scandinavian wilderness by a band of killers. The only person who can help him survive: a 13-year-old boy, played by Rare Exports actor Onni Tommila.
Big Game costars Ray Stevenson, Ted Levine, Felicity Huffman, Victor Garber, Jorma Tommila, Mehmet Kurtulus, and the always watchable Jim Broadbent. Watch Jackson and Onni Tommila in the exclusive first clip from the film below.