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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 team.

“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 opponent?”

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.

Watch the trailer below:


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