Everything is set for Olli Mäki to become the first ever Finn to be the world champion in featherweight boxing. His manager Elis Ask – a former boxer himself – has prepared everything for them to reach fame and fortune. All Olli has to do is lose weight and concentrate. But he has a problem – he has fallen in love with Raija.
Original Title: Hymyilevä Mies
Country: Finland, Germany, Sweden
Language: Finnish, English
Duration: 94 min.
Directed by: Juho Kuosmanen
Written by: Mikko Myllylahti, Juho Kuosmanen
Produced by: Jussi Rantamäki
Director of Photography: J-P Passi
Main Cast: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff
Born in 1979, Juho Kuosmanen is a Helsinki-based filmmaker. His previous short films have won several prizes at acclaimed 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 stage theatre and worked closely with the avant-garde opera ensemble West Coast Kokkola Opera.