Two Finnish films selected for Toronto International Film Festival
Two Finnish films Little Wing (Tyttö nimeltä Varpu) and The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) have been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival.
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, directed by Juho Kuosmanen and Little Wing, directed by Selma Vilhunen are selected to the festival’s Discovery section, which showcases interesting new filmmakers. Both films are also competing for the international film critics association’s Fipresci Prize. The Toronto International Film Festival takes place 8–18 September.
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki is a film inspired by real events. It tells the story of Olli Mäki, the first Finn ever to fight for the world championship in featherweight boxing. According to Mäki, it was the best day of his life. Little Wing instead tells a story about 12-year-old girl Varpu, who embarks on an impromptu quest to find her mysterious biological father.
“It is especially great that these two debut feature films have been selected for Toronto International Film Festival’s prestigious and much followed Discovery section,” says Lasse Saarinen, the CEO of The Finnish Film Foundation. “This selection increases awareness of Finnish directors, especially in the important North American market.”
Both directors have already gained international acclaim: Vilhunen was nominated for the Academy Award in 2014 for her short film Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? and Kuosmanen’s The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki debuted in Cannes this year to critical acclaim and won the top prize of its Un Certain Regard section.
Trailer of The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki:
Trailer of Little Wing: