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The Optimists


«The Optimists» is an extraordinary volleyball team of women between the ages of 66 and 98. Despite weekly training sessions, they have not played a match for 30 years. Now this is exactly their plan. But against whom?
Goro (98) is the Queen of the team, with her will power, lust for life and purple Converse shoes.

We follow the ladies on and off the court, through highly serious, laughable preparations involving everything from intense training sessions to «team building» crochet, leading up to the grand finale.


  • The Hollywood Reporter
    Charming, playful, thoughtful and forthright

Festival Participation

  • The Norwegian International Film Festival - 2013
    The Ray of Sunshine
  • Göteborg International Film Festival - 2014
  • DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival - 2014
  • Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival - 2014
  • Visions du Réel, Nyon - 2014
  • International Filmfest Emden-Norderney - 2014
    The AOK Award
  • Nordisk Panorama - 2014
    Audience Award
  • DOCSDF International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City - 2014
    Audience Award for Best Feature-length Documentary
  • Film Festival for Womens Rights, Korea - 2014
  • Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival - 2014

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