The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

  • Directed by Juho Kuosmanen
  • Finland/Sweden/Germany, 2016, 92 mins., Finnish

Winner of the Prix Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival and this year’s Finnish Oscar submission, Kuosmanen’s debut feature charmingly recounts the tale of legendary Finnish boxer Olli Mäki and his bid for the 1962 World Featherweight title in Helsinki. Small-town hero Olli trains hard to win against his American foe and endures the hyped-up limelight pressures, but there’s one punch he can’t duck: he’s fallen in love. Suffused with quirky Nordic humor and shot in a luminous black and white that celebrates the period and genre, this is not your standard boxing film. In Finnish with English subtitles.

Reviews: Cinema Scope, Variety, Screen Daily

 

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