The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki

Tuesday 27 February 2018 8pm

Dir: Juho Kuosmanen Finland 2016

Language: Finnish with subtitles  Running time: 92 mins  Cert: 18

Starring: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, Joanna Haartti, Esko Barquero, Elma Milono

Supported By: Viking Tours Ireland

Juho Kuosmanen’s impressive debut feature takes its title from central character 25-year old Olli Mäki, a European amateur boxing champion, who is training for the match of a lifetime - the 1962 World Featherweight title against American world champion Davey Moore.

As Olli struggles to balance his preparations with the pressures of being in the media spotlight, he also finds himself falling in love with local beauty Raija, much to the dissatisfaction of his ambitious manager Elis.

Beautifully shot on 16mm in evocative black and white, and with quietly powerful performances from its cast, this charming portrayal of one man’s challenge to determine his life’s priorities is the most unconventional boxing film and feel-good love story you’ll see this year.