Juho Kuosmanen’s boxing biopic “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki,” Finland’s entry for the foreign-language Oscar, has won the International Feature Film Competition section of the 12th Zurich Film Festival.
The film world-premiered in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section, where it won the top prize. The movie, set in 1962, covers a few weeks in the life of the eponymous Finnish pugilist, a former European lightweight champion, as he gruelingly prepares for a world featherweight title fight against American champion Davey Moore.
Special Mentions went to Maha Haj’s “Personal Affairs” (Israel), “Two Lottery Tickets” by Paul Negoescu (Romania), and “Lady Macbeth” by William Oldroyd (U.K.)
The jury was composed of Danish director Lone Scherfig, British screenwriter-director David Farr, German actress Sibel Kekilli, and British producer Graham Broadbent.
The International Documentary Film Competition was won by “Mrs. B., A North Korean Woman” by Jero Yun (France, South Korea). The Critics’ Choice Award went to “Lady Macbeth.” The Audience Award was won by “When Two Worlds Collide” by Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel (Peru), the Kids Jury Award went to “Ma Vie De Courgette” by Claude Barras (Switzerland), and the Kids Audience Award went to “Geheimcode M.” by Dennis Bots (Netherlands).