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The film well centres about the real-life 1962 world championship featherweight bout between Finnish boxer Olli Maki (Jarkko Lahti) and reigning titleholder Davey Moore, 

but it is Olli’s romance with girlfriend Raija (Oona Airola) that is the real focus of his attention.The film warmly and charmingly charts his struggles to balance his boxing obligations with those of the heart.

Finland, Germany, Sweden/ Fic/ 2016/ 92 min

Director: Juho Kuosmanen

Producer: Jussi Rantamäki

Scriptwriter: Mikko Myllylahti, Juho Kuosmanen

Director of photography: J-P Passi

Editor: Jussi Rautaniemi

Music: Miika Snåre, Laura Airola

Cast: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff



Juho Kuosmanen


Juho Kuosmanen (b. 1979) is a filmmaker based in Helsinki. His previous short films have won prizes at Cannes’ Cinéfondation and Locarno. He graduated from the ELO Helsinki Film School of Aalto University, he has also acted and directed for the stage. THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI is Kuosmanen’s first feature.