The feature debut of Juho Kuosmanen
Winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival
92 minutes | Finland/Germany/Sweden 2016
The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title. Immensely talented and equally modest, Olli’s small town life is transformed when he 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 the ring, it’s Finland vs. the USA, but outside, boxing and romance become unlikely adversaries vying for Olli’s attention. This charming feature debut from Juho Kuosmanen was awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
“One of the year’s most charming arthouse treats”
“If Aki Kaurismäki remade Raging Bull, it would look like Juho Kuosmanen's 16mm monochrome debut”
“It is a film of immense humanity and charm: the very best kind of date movie”