Independent film shines light on unique volleyball team
The Optimists won the 2013 Norwegian International Film Festival, Haugesund: The Ray of Sunshine award
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 31, 2014 – An
award-winning film from Norway is introducing the world to a volleyball team of unlikely contenders: women aged 66 to 98-years-old.
The Optimists (Optimistene)follows the journey of the volleyball
team as they prepare for their first match in 30 years, against a Swedish men’s
“Even though the team has been training once a week for
40 years, it has not played a single game the last 30 years,” according to the
film synopsis. “Now they have decided they would finally like to play a game.
But who would they play against? Maybe they can find a team of handsome men in
the neighbouring village Brumunddal? Or do they have to go to Sweden to find a worthy
The film has been awarded the 2013 Norwegian
International Film Festival, Haugesund: The Ray of Sunshine award, and
is set for a Norwegian Theatrical Release on Sept. 27.