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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)

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

Director:

Juho Kuosmanen
13 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Dolby Digital (SRD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In 2011 in Kokkola city theatre, director Juho Kuosmanen saw a play about Olli Mäki, who was also in the audience that night. After the play, the theatre director Jarkko Lahti posed together with Mäki for a picture. Kuosmanen said to Lahti that if he directed a film about Mäki, Lahti could play the leading role. Lahti took that as a promise and began training boxing. He even took a few official amateur bouts (which he lost) and thus it became obvious that he really would play Olli Mäki in this film. See more »

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

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Written and arranged by Joonas Haavisto
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24 April 2017 | by nannyhimmySee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. I thought I might be put off by the black and white or that it would be dull (I'm not terribly interested in boxing) but instead I loved the black and white - it was incredibly beautiful, and I never found myself bored. Instead it was sweet and charming and very romantic and I found my self both chuckling and at other times, with tears welling up. Very nicely done. My husband, who is more an action adventure kind of guy - liked it enough but didn't love it as much as I did.


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