The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

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    The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

    Hymyilevä Mies

    Directed by

    Finland, Germany, Sweden

    2016

    92 min

    • Finnish

    Biographic

    Karlovy Vary IFF Finnish submission for the Academy Awards

    Summer 1962, Olli Mäki has a shot at the world championship title in featherweight boxing. From the Finnish countryside to the bright lights of Helsinki, everything has been prepared for his fame and fortune. All Olli has to do is lose weight and concentrate. But there is a problem – he has fallen in love with Raija.

    Awards

    • Prize Un Certain Regard - Cannes IFF
    • Golden Camera 300 (Jani-Petteri Passi) - Manaki Brothers ICFF
    • Golden Eye for Best Film (International Competition) - Zurich FF
    • Baltic Film Prize - Nordic Film Days
    • FIPRESCI Prize - European Film Awards
    • Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Jarkko Lahti), Best Supporting Actress (Oona Airola), Best Cinematogrphy, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Make-up - Jussi Awards

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Jarkko Lahti
    Oona Airola
    Eero Milonoff
    Screenplay
    Juho Kuosmanen
    Mikko Myllylahti
    Cinematography
    Jani-Petteri Passi
    Editing
    Jussi Rautaniemi
    Sales
    LES FILMS DU LOSANGE
    Production
    AAMU FILM COMPANY
    Production
    ONE TWO FILMS

    Press

    More contemplative, inspirational and sweet than brutal and action-packed, this quietly charming effort should punch above its weight to find a broader audience.

    Sarah Ward, Screen Daily

    The film is a delicate balance of humor, melancholy and sensitive human insight. Like Kaurismaki, Kuosmanen is a humanist who steers clear of sentimentality.

    David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

    Olli Mäki’s warm, crinkled humanity, cockeyed humor and gorgeous, utterly immersive evocation of a less-distant-than-it-looks past exert a surprisingly universal arthouse pull.

    Guy Lodge, Variety

    Punches its way into the upper ranks of cinematic pugilist portraits by virtue of its exquisite craft.

    Guy Lodge, Variety

    Juho Kuosmanen

    Juho Kuosmanen

    Finland

    I don't have strong directions for the actors. By giving up a bit of control, you get nice details and surprises and it brings the scene alive... Casting is for me the core of the director's work.

    Juho Kuosmanen (1979) is Helsinki based filmmaker from Kokkola. After graduating from ELO Helsinki Film School he has directed films, theatre and opera. Juho has directed short films such as ROADMARKERS (3rd prize in Cannes Cinéfondation 2007) and CITIZENS (Silver Leopard in Locarno 2008).

    His graduation film THE PAINTING SELLERS won the 1st prize in Cannes Cinéfondation 2010 and was nominated for five Finnish Film Academy Awards, including Best Directing and Best Film of the year. His first feature, THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI, won the Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes IFF.

    Selected Filmography