Hymyileva Mies (The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki)

MUBI

Distribution: Selective scheme

England

2017

Total project grant (euros)

22,800

Programme

Creative Europe

Sub-programme

MEDIA

Funding scheme

Distribution: Selective scheme

Call number

19/2016

Call publication date

21 Sep 2016

Application deadline

1 Dec 2016

Result publication date

6 Apr 2017

UK release date

21 Apr 2017

This Finnish-Swedish-German production tells 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 in 2016.

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