Finland’s official Oscar entry, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, has won the International Feature Film Competition main prize at the Zurich Film Festival in Switzerland.
A total of fourteen films competed in the international section, and the jury was led by Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig and included British director David Farr, British producer Graham Broadbent and German-Turkish actress Sibel Kekilli.
Directed by Juho Kuosmanen, the film is inspired by real events as it follows Olli Maki, the first Finn ever to fight for the world championship in featherweight boxing, who lost the match in the second round.
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki premiered at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, where it won the Un Certain Regard.
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki is produced by Jussi Rantamäki for Aamu Film Company. The film is a co-production with One Two Films, Tre Vänner and Film Väst. Co-producers are Jamila Wenske, Sol Bondy, Nicklas Wikström Nicastro, Simon Perry and Katarina Krave. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki had its theatrical premiere in Finland on September 2 and is distributed in Finland by B-Plan Distribution. International sales are handled by Les Films du Losange. The film is distributed in the US and UK by Mubi.