Finnish boxing film wins Cannes sidebar prize: Juho Kuosmanen

Cannes: A black-and-white film about a real-life Finnish boxer, "The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, won the top prize of the "Un Certain Regard" section of the Cannes film festival on Saturday.

Juho Kuosmanen
Juho Kuosmanen

The first feature by director Juho Kuosmanen tells the story of the build-up to a world featherweight championship title match in 1962, when Maki fought the American Davey Moore.

But he is distracted by falling in love and ended up being beaten by Moore in the second round of the fight.

"I am totally surprised and happy," Kuosmanen told reporters, who has previously worked in theatre and opera.

"This is the very first festival that I've ever been to." American Matt Ross took the director's prize for "Captain Fantastic".

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