Scandinavia’s biggest film festival is moving forward this year despite the coronavirus pandemic but will be entertained 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 isolated island of Pater Noster viewing 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 verge of a thick archipelago off Sweden’s west coast, is recognized 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 manage a daily video diary that will emerge on the festival’s website. The festival’s CEO Mirja Wester stated: “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.”