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.
92 min



Use the choke.

It's the knob between the seats.

Give it a little gas.

Can you reach?

Let's try something different.

Maybe this will work.

Everything's all right.

Let me take you out.

Thank you.

Don't get upset now.

Where are your parents?


You must be Olli.

- Yes.

Where's Raija?

- She's inside.



- Oh hello.

Oh hello.

- Hi.

Going somewhere?

- To the wedding.

What wedding?

What wedding?

Are you going dressed like that?

- I don't know.

Are they big?

- Yeah, a little in the front.

Let me put newspaper in them.

I heard your manager

is so full of himself -

that he put you

in the featherweight class -

because he didn't want you

in the same class -

he used to box in.

- Elis is a good guy.

Are you riding with us?

- No, in Olli's car. - Yes.

Use the choke.

It won't start.

- Try again.

Can you manage?

"If I speak in the tongues of men

or of angels, -

but do not have love..."

I heard they put you

in the bantam weight class.

No, I'm in the featherweight class.

Featherweight? Are they

lighter than bantam weight?

No, they're heavier. 57 kilos.

How much do you weigh now?

- What?

How much do you weigh now?

- A little over 60.

Isn't there a class between them?

- Bantam would be.

No, lightweight is between them.

How much do the bantams weigh?

- 53.5. They're very light.

Feathers are heavier than bantams?

Makes no sense.

Why aren't you competing in

the lightweight class? - Well...

Be quiet, kids.

Good luck.

", hope and love.

But the greatest of these is love."

Youth is the happiest time,

a truly blessed thing

Filled with joy and longing

in a seemingly endless spring

What are you doing?

- Trying to catch the fly.

Drink the milk up so we can

catch the fly with the glass.

Good job. Can I please have it?

Thank you.

What are we going to do with it?

- Let's kill it.

Let's release it.

- Let's eat it.

Shall we release it?

- Yes.

Let's eat it.

- It's gone.

Here you are.


Yes. Dear guests

and the bride and groom.

I remember when you, Tuula,

were born.

It was a beautiful spring morning.

Love seems to be a serious thing.

The sun was shining,

and it was a bit cloudy.

It wasn't raining.

Olli. Olli, look.

All right.

The world champion has arrived.

Put your bags in here. Hi.

This is Raija.

- Hello. I'm Elis.

Did the trip go well?

- Yes.

Good. Please step in the car.

There's a boxing boom now.

Some people have been

asking me about the match.

That's good.

They'll come to the match.

I've been sparring

in the outdoor dance pavilion.

Outside? - Yeah, because

the match will be outside.

Damn good, as we'll be practicing

at the outdoor swimming pool.

Who are these people in the photos?

- That's Rocky Marciano.

Sure you know him?

One of the greatest.

He's got his own restaurant now.

Excellent food. We ate there.

You know who that is?

- No.

You have to know.

Sure you know. It's Frankie.

Frankie boy. Frank Sinatra.

We're friends. I took the photo.

- Right. That's something.

Who made this?

- Olli, you know what it is?

That's you when you won

the European Championship? - Yes.

I won the gold in 1951.

I fought Pierre Montan and won.

I knocked him out

in the last round.

That was the best day of my life.

Oh, it's Laila and the kids.


The guests have arrived already.


- This is Raija.

Take the sweater off.

Hi, I'm Raija.

- Hi.

Could you make the beds for them?

Will you be staying here or

somewhere else? - I'll stay here.

All right. Please make the beds

for them in the kids' room.

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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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