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Swedish film festival to screen on remote island for audience of one

Reuters , Sunday 31 Jan 2021
Gothenburg Film Festival 2021
Lisa Enroth, 41, an emergency nurse and film fan from Skovde, at a theater hall in Hamneskar island, north west of Gothenburg, Sweden, January 30, 2021. (Photo: AFP)
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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 coat, 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."

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