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Monday Night Foreign Films – The Happiest Day in the life of Olli Maki
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 is falling in love. Inside the ring, it’s Finland vs. the
USA, but outside, boxing and romance become unlikely adversaries vying for
Olli’s attention. Captured entirely in 16mm black and white film, this widely-celebrated
feature debut from Juho Kuosmanen was awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize at
the Cannes Film Festival.