The next movie in an international film series downtown is about boxing, love and Finland.
“The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki” is being screened this Sunday at 2 p.m. at UICA. It is in Finnish with English subtitles.
The 2016 film is about the Finnish boxer Olli Mäki, who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title. The true story follows Olli as he is swept from a small-town life in Finland into national stardom. There’s only one problem: Olli has just fallen in love. “Inside the ring, it’s Finland vs. the U.S., but outside, boxing and romance become unlikely adversaries vying for Olli’s attention.”
The film won an Un Certain Regard prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
A panel discussion with a film scholar and a history scholar is scheduled for after the film, followed by a reception with complimentary Finnish food and beverages.
The screening is part of the 13th Chiaroscuro International Film Series at UICA.
It is free and open to the public.
Photo via ollimaki.mubi.com