Friday 19th - Thursday 25th May 2017

The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Maki (12A) 

Dir. Juho Kuosmanen|
(Finland 2017,Running time: 92 minutes) Finnish with English Subtitles

This delightful low-key drama, shot in gorgeous 16mm black-and-white, tells the story of Olli Mäki, Finland’s hope for the 1962 World Featherweight boxing title. Known as the Baker from Kokkola, Mäki’s small-town life expands quickly when he’s thrust into the media spotlight. At the same time, he falls in love with a local girl. It’s an effective sports biopic, exploring the origins of personal motivation and ramping up a sense of dread as the big match approaches. But rather than offering up a clichéd account of the virtues of small town pleasures versus big city life, the film becomes a charming portrait of an introverted underdog who, though exceptionally gifted at boxing, doesn’t see it as the most important thing in the world. Winning the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes, debut director Juho Kuosmanen confidently orchestrates a mood of swooning melancholy that makes the ending even sweeter.

Friday 19th May - 8:20pm
Saturday 20th May - 2pm & 8:20pm
Monday 22nd May - 5:45pm
Tuesday 23rd
May - 5:45pm
Thursday 25th May - 8:20pm 

Tickets available on 01452 50 30 50 or in person from our Box Office.  

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