Director: Juho Kuosmanen
Cast: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, Joonas Saartamo
Running time: 92min
Cert: not classified, recommended 12
Language: Finnish (English subtitles)
Genre: Drama, Sport, Biography
We are proud to screen a preview of this award winning black-and-white film, from Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen. It tells the true story of Olli Mäki, a boxing hero and his attempt to win the 1962 world championship featherweight title.
Set in Finland in 1962, it follows the life of national featherweight champion Olli Mäki in the lead-up to his world championship fight against American Davey Moore. Working-class hero Olli’s small town life is turned upside down when he is propelled to national stardom. His life becomes one of endless press conferences, advertising jobs and high society bashes, something completely alien to the shy local boy who would rather spend time with Raija, a sweet young woman that he met at a wedding in their hometown.
Unusually for a feature film, Kuosmanen captures a nostalgic, vintage 1960s look by shooting on 16mm black and white film. Winner of the Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2016, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki is a beautiful, funny, charming love story and definitely a knockout.
Cinema release date 21 April 2017
Preview thanks to MUBI