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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki (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.

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

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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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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 »

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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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Häävalssi
Written by Friiti Ojala
Lyrics by Viljami Niittykoski
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Victory of Common Life!!
4 July 2019 | by gokselcinSee all my reviews

A baker in Finland, through an unsuspected order in his life, finds himself in exercises for boxing world championship whereas he was joining only amateur competitions before ten matches. This is a movie of an ordinary man's falling in limbo of his common life and the new life surrounded by sponsors, journalists, filmmakers, parties, feasts and shows. Olli's girlfriend represents his ordinary and peaceful life while the championship represents the new life. Movie has great scenes knitted by awesome cinematography and acting performances; plain, unexagerrated and aesthetic.


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Country:

Finland | Sweden | Germany

Language:

Finnish | English

Release Date:

2 September 2016 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Vartiosaari, Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Budget:

EUR1,200,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$562,537
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Dolby Digital (SRD)

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1.85 : 1
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