New Trailer for Finnish Film 'The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki'

March 6, 2017
Source: Vimeo

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki Trailer

"Could you box for the camera? Look cruel." Mubi has premiered an official US trailer for the Finnish film The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, which critics have been raving about since it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year. The film won the Grand Jury prize in Un Certain Regard, and went on to play at a bunch of other film festivals. Jarkko Lahti stars as Olli Mäki, and the film tells the true story of the famous Finnish boxer who fought American featherweight world champion Davey Moore for the 1962 title. This was shot entirely on 16mm black & white film, which looks great. The full cast includes Oona Airola as his love interest Raija, plus Eero Milonoff, Joanna Haartti, Pia Andersson, and the real Olli Mäki in a cameo role. I've heard nothing but superb things about this, and I can't wait to see it myself.

New US trailer (+ poster) for Juho Kuosmanen's The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, on Vimeo:

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki Poster

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. The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki is directed by young Finnish filmmaker Juho Kuosmanen, of The Painting Sellers previously and a number of short films. The screenplay is written by Mikko Myllylahti and Juho Kuosmanen. The first premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival last summer, where it won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard category. Mubi will release The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki in select US theaters starting April 21st later this spring. Keep your eye out for this film.

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Another b&w film?!? This looks charming though. Raging Bull taught us all a lesson about loving while needing to prep for a fight....

RAW_D on Mar 6, 2017


I think it's the other way around. He's preparing for love here, not for boxing. Which I find a bit cool ...

shiboleth on Mar 7, 2017


Interesting perspective. We'll see how it plays out =)

RAW_D on Mar 8, 2017


It will be lovely, definitely ... A bit of hippy atmosphere, let's make love, not boxing, huh?. What do you say?

shiboleth on Mar 9, 2017


Hey Bo, I care less and less for all the boxing films so this looks like some kind of refreshment. Scandinavians sometimes can be very good with the irony. Thanks for this tip about Bob Dylan's song. I will do listen to it when I get closer to the weekend and, hopefully get back to you with impression. Although, I might know it since I listened a lot from him. Although, 1961 is early. But never mind, I will definitely look for it. Cheers Bo ...

shiboleth on Mar 9, 2017


Well, I listened to Dylan's song. Good, indeed. I heard it before, of course, but it was just a good song to me. Like many others from him. It portrays much more, not just boxing (Which, as your rightly pointed out, never interested me). Hypocrisy in its worst all over the society. Showing nobody has responsibility for what they do. It's definitely in Dylan's favor, to sing and produce such a song. Something that artists should do. As for the films mentioned, I believe I saw them when I was younger. Titles and actors in it are very sounding to me. And I just can't decide how to approach to them today. Either as artistic documents of the past and specific time or as unique ones. But you definitely make me think of recapitulating a film history. Cheers Bo ...

shiboleth on Mar 12, 2017


love is a fight for survival. ;D

tarek on Mar 7, 2017


Now, that's a boxing film I can watch. Luckily, it seems like there's not much boxing in it ...

shiboleth on Mar 7, 2017


Yeah...there's been such a shortage of great boxing movies

SillySock on Mar 7, 2017


Nice trailer. I want to see it.

DAVIDPD on Mar 7, 2017

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