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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Juho Kuosmanen

Finland, Sweden, Germany | 2016 | first feature film

"Kuosmanen’s unassuming yet immaculate command of tone and form here would impress at any stage of his career, but it’s entirely remarkable in a first feature."
Guy Lodge - Variery

festivals & awards

Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival 2016 / Main Prize


Finland 1962. Twenty-five-year-old Olli Mäki, European amateur boxing champion, is training for the match of a lifetime: the world championship title. As it’s the first time ever for his country, unassuming Olli is a sudden celebrity, and the entire country is living a dream of great victory through the young athlete. Olli is under pressure from the media and his ambitious coach Elis, but around this time he meets pretty Raija and something special blossoms.


The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki
original title

Hymyilevä Mies


Finland, Sweden, Germany

produced by

Aamu Film Company - Finland

in co-production with

One Two Films - Germany
Tre Vänner - Sweden

directed by

Juho Kuosmanen

written by

Juho Kuosmanen, Mikko Myllylahti


Les Films du Losange

Olli Mäki has a shot at the world championship title in featherweight boxing. All he has to do is lose weight and concentrate. But there is a problem – he has fallen in love with Raija.
TFL Programmes

Script&Pitch 2014

Juho Kuosmanen

Film Director

Mikko Myllylahti

Scriptwriter, Film Director