Finnish American Heritage Centre to screen THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MAKI

The Finnish American Heritage Centre is hosting a pop up film festival this week with a screening of The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki.

The film follows 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.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 where it won the Un Certain Regard.

The event is organised by Mikko Myllylahti, who wrote the script for the film. This was Myllylahti’s first script.

The film will screen on the 12th of April at 12pm and 6pm in Hancock, Michigan and is the concluding film of Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Centre Nordic Film Series.

Watch the trailer below.


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.