U.S. Trailer for ‘The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki’
Mubi has released an official U.S. trailer for Juho Kuosmanen‘s debut feature The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki (Hymyileva mies), the black and white sports biopic based on the true story of the Finnish boxer and his highly hyped 1962 championship match against the U.S. featherweight opponent.
Starring Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, and Eero Milonoff, the film won the Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes last year, and after hitting a slew of festivals, it opens on April 21st and will be available to stream later this year exclusively on Mubi.
“The movie’s most indelible image is not of him jumping rope or jabbing and bobbing in the ring but of him rescuing a kite stuck in a tree while on a training jog in the woods. Watching him run among the trees trailing the battered kite, far from his entourage, is a stirring moment of liberating triumph unlike any in a conventional boxing movie.” (THR)
In his confident and widely-celebrated debut feature, with stunning cinematography captured entirely in 16mm black and white film, Juho Kuosmanen presents the true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who fought American featherweight world champion Davey Moore for the 1962 title. The small town life of the immensely talented and equally modest Olli is transformed when he is swept into national stardom and suddenly regarded as a symbol of his country. There’s only one problem: Olli is falling in love. Inside the ring, it’s Finland vs. the U.S.A., but outside, boxing and romance become unlikely adversaries vying for Olli’s attention.