Movie competition invitations followers to spend every week watching motion pictures on an remoted Swedish island
(CNN) – The Swedish Film Festival Gothenburg takes social distancing to a whole new level and invites a movie buff to spend seven days on a secluded lighthouse island where only movies and the North Sea serve as society.Like many of the recent film festivals, the Gothenburg Festival is going to be digitized after the Covid-19 pandemic, but the organizers have decided to offer a festival-goer a completely different experience known as The Isolated Cinema.
The chosen fan will be taken by boat to the Swedish island of Pater Noster, which the Artistic Director of the Göteborg Film Festival, Jonas Holmberg, describes as “one of the most beautiful and dramatic places I know”.
There they are placed in the house of the former lighthouse keeper and spend a week from January 30th to February 6th watching Gothenburg’s offerings. You can’t have a cell phone, laptop, book, or other distractions.
Art director Jonas Holmberg tells CNN Travel that the inspiration behind the idea was how people turned to movies for convenience during the pandemic.
“We’re interested in how the audience’s relationship with films changes under these circumstances, and we wanted to investigate that relationship by taking it to the extreme – isolating a person on a small rock in the ocean for a week, films being the only one Companies are. ” “says Holmberg.
If you are interested, you can apply online. All you have to do is send an email and specify who you are and why you are interested in isolated cinema. The deadline is January 17, and the film festival said it has already received a large number of applicants from around the world.
Pater Noster is actually the name of the cast-iron, bright red lighthouse that has been depicted on the tiny Hamneskär island since 1868. Holmberg says a lighthouse keeper lived in the hut on the island until the 1960s when the beacon was automated.
Hamneskär lies off the coast of Marstrand in western Sweden. Apparently the name “Pater Noster” (Latin “Our Father”) came from sailors who were afraid of the rough seas around the island and who uttered the Our Father softly when they sailed through these waters.
The lighthouse has been deactivated in recent years, and the lighthouse cabin has recently been renovated by the design agency Stylt so that the chosen movie fan can relax in comfort and style. The living room will be set up as a screening room for watching movies, while food will be provided for self-catering.
“The stay on the island will be absolutely safe. The person will have a soft bed and good food. This is not about survival,” says Holmberg.
For safety reasons, the visitor will not be completely alone, there will be another person on the island, but they will keep their distance.
“If everything goes as planned, they will never meet in the seven days,” says Holmberg.
The festival accepts applications from all over the world, but of course must take into account the bans and travel regulations associated with Covid.
“Of course we have to make sure that the person can travel to the island safely and possible,” says Holmberg. “The rules are constantly changing and we will adapt to the rules that apply at the beginning of the festival.”
The winner doesn’t have to pay for the experience.
Selection of the applicant
How can you highlight your lighthouse keeper application?
First and foremost, says Holmberg, they are looking for a real cinema lover. Gothenburg is the largest film festival in Scandinavia. In addition to new films, seminars and exhibitions will also be shown at the festival. The full schedule for 2021 is slated to be released on January 12th
The selected applicant must also face the challenge.
“It also has to be someone who is pretty stable and doesn’t care about the idea of spending a week in complete solitude,” says Holmberg.
A handful of applicants will be interviewed prior to the final selection. On the island, the selected film fan is asked to record daily video diaries of their experiences.
The concept is advertised above via an atmospheric short film in which someone comes to the island under a thundering sky and a cinematic odyssey begins. According to Holmberg, it made sense to announce the competition this way.
“A great way to start the conversation is to make a short film that explains the idea in a dramatic and interesting way,” he says. “Now people all over the world are talking about it and reflecting on their relationship with movies and isolation.”