One of the most romantic boxing movies ever made.The Independent
April’s Spotlight film is the a real prize fighter, taking home the Un Certain Regard trophy at the Cannes Film Festival last year. This graceful, gentle film is a unique and beautiful boxing movie like no other, shot on 16mm in black and white it tells the true story of Olli Mäki.
Immensely talented and equally modest, boxer Olli's small town life is transformed when he given a shot at the world featherweight title, fighting on home turf against visiting American star Davey Moore. Olli is swept into national stardom and suddenly regarded as a symbol of his country. There's only one problem: Olli has just fallen in love. Inside of the ring, it's Finland vs. the USA, but outside, boxing and romance become unlikely adversaries vying for Olli's attention.
A knockout charmer.
We are delighted to present this short season of contemporary Finnish films to accompany our April Spotlight film The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki, showcasing some of the fantastic filmmaking talent that Finland has to offer.
Find out more here.
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