Finland Sends ‘Olli Mäki’ to Oscar’s Foreign-Language Race

Juho Kuosmanen’s feature debut “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki” will compete on behalf of Finland for a foreign-language Oscar nomination.

The black-and-white film world-premiered at Cannes’s Un Certain Regard where it won the top prize, and it will soon vie for a best film award at the European Film Academy.

Inspired by real events, “The Happiest Day of the Life of Olli Mäki” tells the story of Olli Mäki, the first Finn to box in a world championship.

“We are so happy for Juho Kuosmanen and Jussi Rantamäki. They are truly great filmmakers and have in every aspect made an excellent film in which we are very proud to be part of,” says Nicklas Wikström Nicastro at SF Studios, which is also behind Sweden’s Oscar entry, “A Man Called Ove.”

The movie was produced by Jussi Rantamäki for Aamu Film Company. SF Studios co-produced. Paris-based Les Films du Losange is handling international sales.

The Academy Awards will unveil its shortlist for the foreign-language category on Jan. 17. The final five nominees will be announced Jan. 24.

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