Scandinavia’s biggest film festival is going ahead this year despite the coronavirus pandemic, but will be hosted on an isolated island and admit only one attendee – a healthcare worker, selected from 12,000 applicants.
Swedish nurse and film fan Lisa Enroth was chosen to be the 2021 Gothenburg Film Festival’s castaway who will spend a week on the remote island of Pater Noster watching film after film.
“In healthcare I seem to have spent ages listening, testing and consoling. I feel like I’m drained of energy,” Enroth said.
Pater Noster, on the boundary of a dense archipelago off Sweden’s west coast, is known for its lighthouse.
“The wind, the sea, the possibility of being part of a totally different kind of reality for a week – all this is really attractive,” said Enroth, who will keep a daily video diary that will appear on the festival’s website.
The festival’s CEO Mirja Wester said: “It feels particularly right to be able to give this unique experience to one of the many heroes of the healthcare system who are all working so hard against COVID-19.”