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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, a film based on the life of a legendary Finnish boxer, came out swinging in a bout with the big boys and girls in Cannes. Its win of the Un Certain Regard award came as no surprise to anybody who saw this engaging and visually striking first feature by Juho Kuosmanen.

It’s the summer of 1962, and Olli Mäki has a shot at the world championship title in featherweight boxing. He’s prepping for the big fight against the ruling world . . .

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