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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki (12A)

Scandifilm (BSL Accessible)

Thu 01 Jan 1970 - Thu 01 Jan 1970






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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki (12A)

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The Happiest Day in the life of Olli Mäki (12A)


Showing Times:

  • Sat 4 Mar: 7.30pm
  • Tue 7 Mar: 7.30pm

Director: Juho Kuosmanen
Starring: Oona Airola, Joonas Saartamo, Jarkko Lahti
Finland, 93 mins, 2016, subtitled

Summer 1962, Olli Mäki has a shot at the world championship title in featherweight boxing. From the Finnish countryside to the bright lights of Helsinki, everything has been prepared for his fame and fortune. All Olli has to do is lose weight and concentrate. But there is a problem – he has fallen in love with Raija.

Funny, forlorn, and irresistibly charming, Juho Kuosmanen’s assured debut feature The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, which won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at this year’s Cannes and is Finland’s entry to the oscars, is inspired by the true story of Finland’s most successful boxer of the 1960s.

Shot in authentic black and white with scrupulous attention to period detail, the film centres on the prelude to Mäki’s historic fight in Helsinki with American Davey Moore, the bantamweight champion of the world. A rueful yet delightfully disarming ode to lost innocence, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki is also one of the most indelible romances you will see this year.

‘Endlessly watchable’

‘Entirely remarkable’

‘One of the most likeable films of the year’

‘Exquisitely crafted’


Free Beer

Our friends at Pistonhead have given us a lovely treat to share with you! Be one of the first 20 bookers and enjoy a free can of Pistonhead lager with the film. Just add ‘free beer!’ to your basket when booking online, or call our box office to find out more. 

Live Music From Slack Bird

We are delighted to announce musician Slack Bird is returning to Scandifilm all the way from Finland. He will be playing in the Café Bar before and after Tuesday’s screening. 

Slack Bird is a folk music act from Jyväskylä, Central Finland consisting of one man and his banjo. Slack Bird’s music is a take on Appalachian banjo, Finnish traditional music, and punk songs sung in both Finnish and English. The release of his new album sees Slack Bird touring once again and making his fourth visit to the UK.

Venue: Studio 74, Exeter Phoenix

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