The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Maki (2016)

 ●  Finnish ● 1 hr 32 mins

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

Cast: Eero Milonoff, Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola

Crew: Juho Kuosmanen (Director), JP Passi (Director of Photography), Joonas Haavisto (Music Director), Laura Airola (Music Director), Miika Snare (Music Director)

Genres: Drama, Romance, Biography

Release Dates: 02 Sep 2016 (Finland), 19 Oct 2017 (Malaysia)

Tagline: 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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Did you know? In the end of the film, Olli and Raija walk to the harbor and encounter an old couple. The couple are the real-life Olli and Raija Maki. Read More
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as Elis Ask
as Olli Mäki
as Raija Mäki
as Eddie Cotton
as Dokumentin Kuvaaja
as Laila Ask
as Boxer
as Ravintolan Johtaja
as Nyrkkeilija, Askin Talli
as Vanha Pariskunta
as Miss Suomi
as Vanha Pariskunta

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Finnish
Spoken Languages:
English
Colour Info:
Black & White
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1 (Flat)
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
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.
Goofs:
Miscellaneous
A modern switchboard housing can be briefly seen in the hallway of Elis Ask's apartment.
Trivia:
The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Maki was selected for the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), held in Goa.

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.

Elis Ask's apartment in the film was set in the apartment of director Juho Kuosmanen.

Director Juho Kuosmanen, producer Jussi Rantamäki, actor Jarkko Lahti, actress Oona Airola and the real Olli Mäki whom Lahti plays in the film, are all from the city of Kokkola.

In the end of the film, Olli and Raija walk to the harbor and encounter an old couple. The couple are the real-life Olli and Raija Maki.

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.

Official submission of Finland for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017.