Gunhild Westhagen Magnor has written, shot and directed this wonderful feature length documentary. We follow a female volleyball team called “The Optimists”.
All the players are senior citizens. It´s an honest look into the world of the older generation. These cheerful, sporty women really show that you can age without actually becoming “old”. We get better acquainted with Goro (98, the oldest player), Lillemor (88), Birgit (68), Eldbjørg (89) and Irma (66, the youngest player).
Following them in their daily life and as team members.

This lively gang have practiced volleyball for forty years without playing a match against a real  opponent.
This is something they want to change. But who would be an appropriate match? To get the answer, you'll have to see the film.

“The Optimists” has been selected to be the closing movie at The Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund 2013. A great honour!

I had the pleasure to grade and online this feelgood movie. This is the second documentary I have worked on with director Westhagen Magnor.
We previously cooperated on “The Rabbit King” (Kaninkongen) in 2007.
Documentaries are always fun to work on, because you meet real people and experience real stories.

“The Optimists” premieres at the Norwegian cinemas 27th September 2013.
It´s a great opportunity to gather your entire family and head for your nearest cinema.

Check out the trailer!

Credit shortlist:
Production Company: Skofteland film / Mantaray Film
Producers: Hilde Skofteland & Ingunn H. Knudsen
Co-producer: Stina Gardell
Director / Screenwriter / Cinematographer: Gunhild Westhagen Magnor
Cast: Goro Wergeland, Lillemor Berthelsen, Birgit Myklebust, Irma Nordseth, Eldbjørg Grøttum, Gerd Bergersen
Editor: Robert V. Stengård
Co-Editor: Jo Eldøen
Sound Design: Svenn Jakobsen
Original Music: Stefan Nilsson
Colourist / Online Editor: Dylan R. Hopkin

Full credits:

Released: 27.09.2013
Camera: Sony PMW-F3
Aspect: 1.85:1
Duration: 90 minutes

Post-production gear:
Offline: Avid Media Composer (MAC)
Online: Autodesk Smoke , Adobe After Effects
Grade: Da Vinci Resolve (MAC)
Audio: Digidesign Protools
DCP: DVS Clipster

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