“The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki”


In partnership with Coat Check Coffee, we’re excited to announce a screening of “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki”. You’ll getting a double dose of independent cinema this showing. This film arrives to us from Finland, as it was their 2016 Oscar submission, so you’ll get a double dose this screening, independent foreign cinema.

The feature debut from director Juho Kuosmanen won top prize in 2016 at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, which screens twenty “original and different” films that tell their stories in non-traditional ways. Shot entirely on 16mm black and white film to achieve a look that transports viewers back to the 1960’s, the film tells the true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who was a contender for the 1962 World Featherweight title.

 “His life is transformed as he is swept into national stardom and regarded as a symbol of his country. There’s only one problem: Olli has just fallen in love. Inside of the ring, it’s Finland vs. the USA, but outside, boxing and romance become unlikely adversaries vying for Olli’s attention. This charming feature debut from Juho Kuosmanen was awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.”
– Mubi Films

Partnering with Coat Check Coffee was a natural fit for this film. Black and white foreign film, coffee, pastries, could there be a better fit? They'll also be offering their take on classic movie concessions, including popcorn with herbs and real butter, house macarons and other specials from the bakery. Alcohol will be available for purchase for those 21 and older.  

Come early, enjoy a drink, and mingle in the newly redesigned Anthenaeum Theater's first floor foyer before the film, which we’ll roll at 8pm!

Tickets are $10 and available here: https://goo.gl/lII3fW

Trailer: https://youtu.be/jxBGb-YY5Vs

Who is Public House Cinema?


One year ago, we began discussing the rate of change in Indianapolis, and what we saw taking place. When doing the standard “Indy vs (insert other city here)” comparison, one thing stuck out. While you can see a wide range of musical acts, drink an unfathomable amount of delicious craft beer, or catch a play at one of the many theaters around town , where do you go to watch an independent film? This was the moment we started Public House Cinema.

We are Daniel Jacobson and Dusty Frey, co-founders of Public House Cinema. Our first taste of independent cinema was at Fort Wayne’s Cinema Center. Since then we’ve made trips far and wide for cinema experiences and dove deep into the Criterion Collection archives. Whether it be a unique plot, offbeat characters, spot-on art direction, or a cinematographer breaking the traditional rules, independent cinema is our passion.

Public House Cinema will be more than just Indianapolis’ premiere location for independent, foreign, and documentary cinema. It will be an enabler of the arts, offer a platform for discussion, and work as a community advocate, sparking insight into these areas through unique programming. Local filmmakers will have a space to commune, inspire, and educate one another. Most importantly, Public House Cinema will be here to make the movie going experience fun, engaging, and uniquely Indianapolis. 

Stay tuned for further updates on local film news, screening schedules, and progress with our push for brick and mortar.

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