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(Hymyilevä mies)

Finland/Germany/Sweden/Norway 93 mins Cert.12A

Olli Mäki Jarkko Lahti Director Juho Kuosmanen
R̈äija Jankä Oona Airola Screenplay Mikko Myllylahti
Elis Ask Eero Milonoff Juho Kuosmanen
Laila Ask Joanna Haartti Cinematography J-P Passi
Snadi Evi
Esko Barquero
Elma Milonoff
Leimu Leisti
Hilma Milonoff
Jussi Rautaniema
Miika Snåre,
Laura Airola, Joonas Haavisto

Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at last year’s Cannes, this irresistibly charming film is a funny and forlorn sports biopic inspired by the real-life 1962 showdown between Finnish boxer Olli Mäki and American champion Davey Moore in Helsinki.

Almost painfully open and ingenuous, Olli is a young, wistful, small-town man who is just as happy baking bread as he is demonstrating his talents in the boxing ring. His manager, however, is the exact opposite of his fighter - a showman who is promising a fevered press that Olli’s upcoming bout against world bantamweight (and undefeated) champion Davey Moore will be an "historic spectacle never before seen in Finland." Thrust into the media spotlight, Olli is feeling the pressure. All he has to do is concentrate on his training and make the weight. There's just one small problem… Olli is falling in love. And what price is glory, when romance decides to pay a call?

Alli Maki Poster

Shot in gorgeous 16mm black-and-white, this ode to lost innocence is one of the most heart-warming romances you will see this year. Who’d have thought a Finnish boxing biopic could deliver such pointed commentary about the sports industry, wittily depict a small nation's excitement and unease about its debut on the world stage, whilst at the same time being one of the most touching and surprising feel good movies in ages? It's a total gem and if knockouts could ever be gentle, then this film deals the disarming blow.