The beginning of 2021 is looking a lot like 2020, with social distancing key nowadays due to Covid-19. Cinema is among the hardest hit by this pandemic, however, a Swedish film festival is offering one film fan the occasion to go through seven days of enjoying films on an isolated island named Hamneskär, located near Marstrand off the Swedish west coast.
The lighthouse was built in 1868 and given the name Pater Noster in recognition of the Lord’s Prayer, Pater Noster in Latin, which sailors used to recite when their ships approached the dangerous shores of the island. A new hotel opened on the island in September, on the site of the previous lighthouse master’s home, and was designed by Erik Nissen Johansen’s design agency, Stylt. It is here that the chosen individual will stay, and will be allowed to watch all the movies by themselves, although another individual will be there for security reasons.
“For seven days you will invest your energy alone on the island where you will be given full admittance to the whole film program at Göteborg Film Festival 2021”, explained state festival coordinators. “You will get supplies for seven days and be transported by boat to and from the island. But once there, it’s just you. And the films. During your stay, you’ll be able to talk about your experience in a video diary that the outside world can follow.”
The celebration runs for eleven days from 29 January to 8 February, with 60 debuts and movie producer presentations. Two more encounters will occur at settings that are presently abandoned in Gothenburg, specifically the Scandinavium arena and Draken cinema.