Magazine article Screen International

'Olli Maki' Punches into Oscar Race for Finland

Magazine article Screen International

'Olli Maki' Punches into Oscar Race for Finland

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Juho Kuosmanen's Cannes Un Certain Regard winner The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Maki is the Finnish submission for the foreign-language Oscar race.

Kuosmanen, who made his feature directorial debut on the boxing drama, also wrote the original screenplay with Mikko Myllylahti. Jussi Rantamäki produced for Helsinki's Aamu Film Company.

The film will also screen in Toronto International Film Festival's Discovery section before playing at the BFI London Film Festival.

B-Plan Distribution released in Finland on Sept 2. Les Films du Losange handles international sales; MUBI acquired US and UK theatrical and digital rights.

The film, inspired by real events, is about featherweight boxer Olli Mäki, who is distracted on the day of his world championship bout because he's fallen in love. …

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