Miia, the ambitious coach of Finland’s worst competitive cheerleading team, is sick of losing and stuck in Rovaniemi, on the Arctic Circle. So she takes a trip to the motherland, Texas, where she’s inspired by the American mindset and focus of the world’s best cheerleaders. Returning to Finland a tougher coach, she pushes her girls to the breaking point… but is that what the team really wants?
For Aino and Patricia, the team’s success is the least of their concerns as they struggle to fight painful battles in their teenage lives. For them, the cheerleaders are like another family, a stepping stone and a source of support along the path of life. Miia thinks a winning team is all she needs, until life steps in and surprises her.
Cheer Up takes us into the teenage lives of a team of losing cheerleaders who try their best to get better and look perfect doing it, while really, life just sucks. For Patricia, Aino and Miia, finding out who they are, where they belong and what family means is much more important than any trophy.
DOK LEIPZIG Leipzig, Germany
Friday November 3, 4:00 PM - Passage Kinos Universum
Saturday November 5, 9:30 PM - Passage Kinos Universum
Sunday November 6, 1:15 PM - CineStar 4
DOC NYC New York, New York
Saturday, November 12, 1:00 PM - IFC Center
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL CINEMATIC 2016 Piešťany, Slovakia
LOVE & ANARCHY FILM FESTIVAL 2016 Helsinki, Finland
CALGARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 Calgary, Alberta
HOT DOCS DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2016 Toronto, Ontario
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 Scotland
GALWAY FILM FLEADH 2016 Ireland
“Top 10 not to miss at Hot Docs” Toronto Sun
“far from a zero to hero story there is nothing predictable in Cheer Up…” Toronto Star
“a great deal of courage in the film's refusal of pat stories about underdog victories” Globe & Mail
“gentle and deliberate” New York Times/Women in the World
“a biting portrait of young womanhood” iD-VICE Magazine