The Optimists

Year of participation 2008
Program Non-competition Programs

The Optimists
Producer(s) Goran Paskaljevic
Director(s) Goran Paskaljevic
Script Goran Paskaljevic, Vladimir Paskaljevic
Director of Photography Milan Spasic
Production designer Tijana Maric
Music by Aleksandar Simic, Zoran Simjanovic
Sound Velibor Hajdukovic, Branko Neskov
Edit Petar Putnikovic.
Cast Lazar Ristovski, Bojana Novakovic, Petar Bozovic, Tihomir Arsic, Nebojsa Glogovac, Nebojsa Milovanovic, Slavko Stimac, Dragan Jovanovic, Mira Banjac, Viktor Savic
Production company(-ies) Nova Film


Five tales in which people have trouble distinguishing truth from illusions. Each segment reflects the motto of Voltaire's Candide: "Optimism is insisting everything is good, when everything is bad." First, a hypnotist arrives in a small village that has been leveled by floods. The mesmerist offers his services to the community, but the residents are suspicious of his motives. Next, a woman is sexually assaulted by the man who owns the firm where she works. Her father is also employed by the same man, but when he seeks revenge, he realizes how powerless he is in this situation. In episode three, a young man loses the money earmarked for his father's funeral in a gambling spree. Desperate to win it back, he turns to an elderly woman who has been enjoying remarkable luck at the slot machines. Part four concerns a doctor who is called to examine the son of a man who operates a slaughterhouse. The boy has developed a dangerous enthusiasm for bloodshed, but the doctor doesn't realize the full ramifications of the boy's attitude until he escapes his family's home. And finally, a confidence man promising new health to a group of ailing and elderly people leaves them stranded in the middle of nowhere en route to taking the cure.

FIPRESCI Prize, Young Jury Award - Special Mention (Geneva Cinéma Tout Ecran, 2006), Golden Spike, Youth Jury Award (Valladolid IFF, 2006), Audience Award (Festróia - Tróia IFF, 2007).

 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
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