Skofteland Film and director Gunhild Westhagen Magnor won the Ray of Sunshine statuette for the heart-warming documentary The Optimists, as the only Norwegian award winner.
The Ray of Sunshine
The Ray of Sunshine went to Gunhild Westhagen Magnor’s documentary The Optimists, about the volleyball ladies in Hamar aged 66 to 98. The jury states that The Optimists, which is distributed by Norsk Filmdistribusjon, is an exceptionally humane and heart-warming film, whose theatrical release deserves to reach a wide audience.
– We were never in doubt that this film was an obvious winner, the jury members write and follow up with:
– It gives us the belief that spirit, courage and a big helping of self-irony will make life much better. This is a film where the audience laugh, smile and cry, so: a real Ray of Sunshine.
Programme manager Håkon Skogrand thinks there will be laughter and tears of joy when the movie The Optimists concludes this years festival, on Tuesday 20 August: Not since Cool and Crazy have I seen a documentary with such a potential to succeed with the masses, he says. (mer...)
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About Skofteland Film
Skofteland Film Film AS 'specialty is to create warm, nurturing films to convey something about an important topic. We seek to break down prejudices and myths in society without using the index finger. We will engage the audience to think for themselves through the experience film offers and through that they become familiar with people they may not previously knew so well. We want to combine viewer friendliness Containing importance in our productions. It will be important in the future to maintain our status within quality film, while we will reach out to people.