The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Dir.: Juho Kuosmanen | Finland, Sweden, Germany 2016 | 92 min

It is the summer of 1962. The Finnish Olli Mäki has a golden opportunity to become world champion in featherweight boxing. On home turf. The press and sponsors are waiting in Helsinki, fame and fortune are just around the corner. The only thing the hopeful winner has to do is keep fit, lose a few pounds - and stay focused. But there is one problem – Olli has fallen in love with Raija. Oh yes. This is a boxing film that really dances like a butterfly. And itches like a velvet glove. Juho Kuosmanen's Cannes winner is rooted in reality, but this is not so much a story about the boxer in the ring as it is about the man in the human circus. About an anti-hero who can't separate emotions and focus, and about a time when the TV medium roared ahead and the new media circus could knock anyone out. There is something totally adorable about this story. Kusomanen manages to make all his characters nuanced and likeable. And on top of that he has shot his debut film on black and white 16mm, which is pleasing to the eye and fitting for the era. 'Olli Mäki' is, in short, a film in its own weight class.

Original Title
Hymyileva Mies
Title
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki
Country
Finland, Sweden, Germany
Release Year
2016
Duration
92 min.
Directors
Juho Kuosmanen
Producer
Jussi Rantamaki
Script
Cast
Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, Joanna Haartti, Esko Barquero, Elma Milonoff, Leimu Leisti, Hilma Milonoff, John Bosco Jr., Olli Rahkonen, Joonas Saartamo, Henrik Palosaari, Sam-Peter Hirvikangas, Antti Naakka, Niklas Hyvarinen
Camera
J-P Passi
Editor
Jussi Rautaniemi
Music
Laura Airola, Joonas Haavisto, Miika Snåre
Production Company
Aamu Film Company, in association with One Two Films, Film Vast, Tre Vanner Produktioner
Version
Dialogue: Danish Subtitles
Tempo
3
Thrills
3
Sighs
8
Laughs
2
Look
9
Food for thought
5