As they do at the opening of any star-studded film festival, photographers scrambled for position, training their lenses on the spot where audience members would alight. But when the first — and only — guest of honor arrived, she was clad not in a tuxedo or sparkly gown, but in jeans and an orange puffer jacket designer unknown. There was no red carpet beneath her feet, only bare frozen ground. And instead of sauntering into a plush cinema buzzing with celebrities, she climbed into a speedboat and zipped off across the frigid water to a tiny island where she would settle in for the first premiere.
A Movie Festival for One, on a Tiny Nordic Island
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Last month, a Swedish film festival launched a competition to give movie fan the opportunity to spend a week watching its offerings on an isolated lighthouse island. The ultimate social distancing experience for film buffs. This week it was revealed that a Swedish nurse was "the chosen one", selected from 12, applicants to attend the festival alone. The tiny island is home to the famous Pater Noster lighthouse, and is located off Marstrand on the Swedish west coast.
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Read Story Transcript. A Swedish film festival is looking for one dedicated cinephile to spend seven days watching movies alone in a remote lighthouse. They are not allowed to bring anyone, of course, but also no phone and not even a book," Jonas Holmberg, the festival's artistic director, told As It Happens host Carol Off.