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by Gunhild Westhagen Magnor


Despite their weekly training sessions the volleyball ladies THE OPTIMISTS (66-98) have not played a match for 30 years. Now this is exactly the plan. But against whom? Rumours say there is a group of handsome Swedish gentlemen across the boarder. Goro (98) is the Queen of the team with her will power and purple Converse shoes. Laughter is their match strategy.

international title: The Optimists
original title: Optimistene
country: Norway, Sweden
year: 2013
genre: documentary
directed by: Gunhild Westhagen Magnor
release date: FR 29/04/2015
screenplay: Gunhild Westhagen Magnor
film editing: Robert Stengård, Jo Eldøen
producer: Ingunn H. Knudsen, Hilde Skofteland
co-producer: Stina Gardell
production: Skofteland Film as, Mantaray Film AB
backing: Norwegian Film Institute, NRK, SVT, Fund for Picture and Sound, The film center of Eastern Norway, The Health Associtation of Norwegian women/The Extra Foundation, The Retiree Association, Hedmark County, Municipality of Hamar
distributor: Jour2fête


main awards/selection

Norwegian International Film Festival 2013 

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