The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki

Synopsis: The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title. Immensely talented and equally modest, Olli's small town life is transformed when he is swept into national stardom and suddenly regarded as a symbol of his country. There's only one problem: Olli has just fallen in love. Inside of the ring, it's Finland vs. the USA, but outside, boxing and romance become unlikely adversaries vying for Olli's attention. This charming feature debut from Juho Kuosmanen was awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Director(s): Juho Kuosmanen
  12 wins & 14 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.2
Metacritic:
83
UNRATED
Year:
2016
92 min
8 Views


Why there?

I wasn't expecting

him to bring anyone.

Make the beds in the kids' room,

all right?

I'll show you the way.

Not that there's much to show.

Hi.

- Hi. Is this your room?

Yes.

- Now you have to be evacuated.

That's okay.

Which one of you will sleep here?

- Me.

Wow. - Okay, let's let

our guests settle in here.

C'mon, kids. Go on.

Come see us later.

Is it sturdy enough

for your weight? - C'mon!

Who's the fatso here?

Welcome, everyone.

- Thank you.

Please be seated.

If you run out of seats, you can

stand by the door or back wall.

I'm sure there's room for everyone.

Why don't we get started

little by little.

Thank you for coming.

Can you make room for me?

Could you move a little?

All right.

On August 17th, we'll make

Finnish sports history.

That's when Olli Maki,

"The Baker of Kokkola," -

will meet Davey Moore,

the current world champion.

The night is organized

by Askin Talli.

We promise you

it'll be a spectacle -

like none other

you've ever seen in Finland.

No one has even dared

to dream about something like this.

You don't have to go all the way

to America to see a great show.

We're bringing America here.

This is your first time competing

in the featherweight class.

How do you think

it'll affect your performance?

Well... I'll be a little lighter...

But so will my opponent.

I don't know.

I guess it won't be that different.

I'm Reijo Pahkamaki from

Keskipohjanmaa newspaper.

Is Olli under 57 kilos

at the moment? - Of course not.

We have over two weeks

until the match.

Losing weight is

a normal thing for boxers.

Unlike for some.

This will be

the most important match -

in Olli's professional career.

We'll do our best to bring

the title home to Finland.

The other competitors will be...

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Juho Kuosmanen

Juho Kuosmanen (born 1979) is a Finnish film director and screenwriter. He graduated from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 2014. Kuosmanen's graduation film called The Painting Sellers was nominated for five Finnish film Academy Awards. (set design, screenplay, best actress, best director, best film). The Painting Sellers won the first prize in Cinéfondation in Cannes Film Festival in 2010.Kuosmanen worked as an actor in Leea Klemola's arctic trilogy in Tampere Theatre in Kokkola and New Karleby Kuosmanen has also directed opera with conductors Sakari Oramo and Santtu-Matias Rouvali. His film The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the top prize. The project had been developed through the TorinoFilmLab Script&Pitch programme in 2014. more…

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