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.
The jury for The Ray of Sunshine consisted of Jury President Elisabeth Dahl from Lillesand kino, Erlend Serigstad from Bryne kino, Espen Pedersen from Norsk kino and Christin Berg from Oslo kino. The statuette has been made after Fritz Røed’s sculpture «Gledessprederen» (“The Ray of Sunshine”) and is given by the bank DNB.