September 19, 2016

A happy day for Finnish cinema in Macedonia

The black-and-white cinematography by J-P Passi "creates an authentic and lyrical atmosphere".
The black-and-white cinematography by J-P Passi "creates an authentic and lyrical atmosphere".
Kuokkasen kuvaamo / Jarkko Lahti / Elokuvayhtiö Aamu

Finnish cinematographer J-P Passi has won the top prize for his work in the film The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki at the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival Manaki Brothers in Bitola, Macedonia.

According to The Finnish Film Foundation, the jury stated that “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki creates an authentic and lyrical atmosphere that surrounds the audience and conveys the spirit of the time and the unique experience of the main character.”

The winning film, known in Finnish as Hymyilevä mies, is Passi’s first time behind the camera for a feature film. Previously he has worked on various documentaries, short films and TV series.

The Manaki Brothers festival was now organised for the 37th time. The event is one of the world’s most renowned festivals for cinematography.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki is Finland’s official submission for the Foreign Language category in the Academy Awards. The film continues to be screened at international films festivals, including last week’s Toronto International Film Festival.

The film is directed by Juho Kuosmanen. It is currently screening in cinemas around Finland and will open in France on 19 October. The US and UK/Ireland theatrical and digital rights for the movie have been picked up by Mubi.

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