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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki / Hymyilevä mies

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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Brenda Benthien is a program consultant and the Guest Relations Director of the Cleveland International Film Festival. She works in Guest Management at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck and serves as a consultant to the Cinetopia International Film Festival in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Brenda was involved with starting up AFI Fest in Los Angeles, and has lived and worked in Munich and Tokyo. When she isn’t busy with festivals, Brenda is a German translator of screenplays and film-related texts. Her translation of Rudolf Arnheim’s Film Essays and Criticism is published by the University of Wisconsin press. Brenda lives in Hamburg and runs the Hamburg Review website, a critical compendium of writings on film and literature. www.hamburg-review.de