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Festival in Media
Section: Forum of European Cinema
Country: Finland /Sweden/Germany
Year: 2016


Hymyilevä mies

92 min, color

Director Juho Kuosmanen Screenplay Mikko Myllylahti, Juho Kuosmanen Cinematography J-P Passi Editing Jussi Rautaniemi Cast Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, Joanna Haartti, Esko Barquero, Elma Milonoff, Leimu Leisti, Hilma Milonoff, John Bosco Jr., Olli Rahkonen, Joonas Saartamo, Henrik Palosaari, Sam-Peter Hirvikangas, Antti Naakka, Niklas Hyvarinen

Summer 1962, Olli Mäki has a shot at the world championship title in featherweight boxing. From the Finnish countryside to the bright lights of Helsinki, everything has been prepared for his fame and fortune. All Olli has to do is lose weight and concentrate. But there is a problem - he has fallen in love with Raija.

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Juho Kuosmanen


Juho Kuosmanen (b. 1979) is a Helsinki based filmmaker. His previous short films have won several prizes in prominent festivals including Cannes’ Cinéfondation and Locarno. He graduated from the ELO Helsinki Film School of Aalto University in 2014. Along with his studies Kuosmanen has also acted and directed for the stage and worked closely with the avant-garde opera ensemble West Coast Kokkola Opera. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki is Juho Kuosmanen’s first feature length film.











2007 Roadmarkers (Short)

2008 Citizens (Short)

2010 The Painting Sellers

2012 Romu-Mattila ja kaunis nainen (Short)

2013 Hevoshullu (Short)

2016 The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki