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Hymyilevä mies (2016)

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The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title.

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Juho Kuosmanen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jarkko Lahti ... Olli Mäki
Oona Airola ... Raija Jänkä
Eero Milonoff ... Elis Ask
Joanna Haartti ... Laila Ask
Esko Barquero Esko Barquero ... Snadi
Elma Milonoff Elma Milonoff ... Evi
Leimu Leisti Leimu Leisti ... Tuula
Hilma Milonoff Hilma Milonoff ... Anneli
Olli Rahkonen Olli Rahkonen ... Nyrkkeilijä
Joonas Saartamo ... Nyrkkeilijä
Henrik Palosaari Henrik Palosaari ... Nyrkkeilijä
Sam-Peter Hirvikangas Sam-Peter Hirvikangas ... Nyrkkeilijä
Antti Naakka Antti Naakka ... Nyrkkeilijä
Niklas Hyvärinen Niklas Hyvärinen ... Nyrkkeilijä
Sauli Helenius Sauli Helenius ... Kulmamies
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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.

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As fiercely talented as he is modest, Finnish boxer Olli Mäki is swept into national stardom as he trains for a once-in-a-lifetime fight against the World Featherweight Champion. There's only one problem: he's just fallen in love.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Finland]

Country:

Finland | Sweden | Germany

Language:

Finnish | English

Release Date:

2 September 2016 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Den lyckligaste dagen i Olli Mäkis liv See more »

Filming Locations:

Vartiosaari, Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Budget:

€1,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (SRD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Early test footage shot in color did not capture the time period. By choosing to use 16mm B&W the film-makers were able to give recently renovated locations a vintage look. The lack of color hid modern details. See more »

Goofs

A modern switchboard housing can be briefly seen in the hallway of Elis Ask's apartment. See more »

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You must be Olli?
Written by Miika Snåre
Arranged by Ykspihlajan Kino-orkesteri
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To him it is a happy day
8 February 2017 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of an amateur boxer in Finland, who decides to challenge the World Champion of boxing from the USA. He gets an agent and invites the champion to Finland for a round of home fight. The story then concentrates on how he prepares for this major tournament in Finland.

The film is black and white, which is appropriate as it is set int he 1960's. The story is about this simple man who seems to have no idea what he is doing. Olli is about to fight the match of his lifetime, and yet he is so nonchalant about it. His heart has clearly another agenda, which is not aligned with his agent's agenda. It makes me wonder why he is doing the match in the first place. His attitude and behaviour leads to the eventual inevitable outcome, but I still feel for him. Olli does have his charms, just not in the boxing ring.


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