The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

"A lyrical sense of bittersweet acceptance permeates freshman director Juho Kuosmanen's marvelous sports biopic from its very first, perfectly composed frame." - Variety

“Kuosmanen's impeccable, buoyant first feature upends all the conventions of the fight film genre.

“It's an anti-Rocky tale inspired by the true story of Olli Mäki, a Finnish boxer who fought world featherweight champ Davey Moore in 1962 - the same Moore whose death in the ring a few months later inspired the Bob Dylan protest song.

“Mäki (a nuanced Jarkko Lahti) interrupts his training to pursue the girl he wants to marry (a radiant Oona Airola). This under-the-radar crowd-pleaser owes its unique look to glistening black-and-white cinéma-vérité-style photography that vividly recalls the 60s. NNNN” - NOW

“The film won the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes in 2016 in a very competitive field and it’s easy to see why: sublime performances and great storytelling.” - Toronto Star


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