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Seven Guldbagge nominations for ‘Mouth to mouth’

Director Björn Runge is in line for a magnificent seven at the 2005 Guldbagge awards, Sweden's national film awards. His film Mum mot mun (Mouth to mouth) has been nominated in seven categories, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor.

The second-most nominated film of the year was the Swedish Oscar hope, Zozo, directed by Josef Fares. The film picked up four nominations

Tuva Novotny is up for two awards – as best actress as Sandra in Four Weeks in June and as Best Supporting Actress for her role as Linda in Bang Bang Orangutang.

The nominations were made by a jury of 32 members voting in a secret ballot.

The 39th Guldbagge Awards ceremony will be held on Monday 30 January 2006 at the Gothenburg Opera. Swedish Television will be broadcasting the event live.

Awarded annually since 1964, the Guldbagge (“Golden Beetle”) is the name of the Swedish Film Institute’s award for achievement during the previous year. The award itself, in the form of a fantasy beetle, was designed by the artist Karl Axel Pehrson.

The nominations

Best Film

Mun mot mun / Mouth to Mouth

Ninas resa / Nina’s Journey

Zozo

Best Director

Josef Fares for Zozo

Ulf Malmros for God Save the King

Björn Runge for Mouth to Mouth

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Maria Lundqvist for her role as Signe in Mother of Mine

Tuva Novotny for her role as Sandra in Four Weeks in June

Amanda Ooms for her role as Ninni in Harry’s Daughters

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Peter Andersson for his role as Mats in Mouth to Mouth

Krister Henriksson for his role as Bertil in Sex, Hope & Love

Mikael Persbrandt for his role as Åke Jönsson in Bang Bang Orangutang

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Tuva Novotny for her role as Linda in Bang Bang Orangutang

Ghita Nørby for her role as Lilly in Four Weeks in June

Sofia Westberg for her role as Vera in Mouth to Mouth

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Börje Ahlstedt for his role as grandfather in Percy, Buffalo Bill & I

Magnus Krepper for his role as Morgan in Mouth to Mouth

Michael Nyqvist for his role as Hjalmar in Mother of Mine

Best Screenplay

Lena Einhorn for her script for Nina’s Journey

Josef Fares for his script for Zozo

Björn Runge for his script for Mouth to Mouth

Best Cinematography

Anders Bohman for his cinematography in Mouth to Mouth

Aril Wretblad for his cinematography in Zozo

Philip Øgaard for his cinematography in Kim Novak Never Swam in the Lake of Genesaret

Best Foreign Language Film

L’enfant / The Child

Dare mo shiranai / Nobody Knows

Caché / Hidden

Best Short Film

En nattsaga / A Night Story

Scen nr: 6882 ur mitt liv / Autobiographical Scene Number 6882

Sportstugan / The Lodge

Best Documentary Film

Brunnen / The Well

Kinchen / The Kinch

Prostitution bakom slöjan / Prostitution Behind the Veil

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How a Swedish film festival is offering a nurse downtime during pandemic

A front-line Swedish nurse is getting some Covid downtime with a week of private screenings of the Gothenburg film festival, in a former lighthouse off the country's west coast.

How a Swedish film festival is offering a nurse downtime during pandemic
Competition winner Lisa Enroth.

More than 12,000 candidates from 45 countries applied to watch the festival's films in almost near isolation on an island 400 kilometres (250 miles) from Stockholm.

The prize is a week viewing as many of the festival's 70 premieres as they like in a hotel in the former Pater Noster Lighthouse. But they will be in isolation and will have no access to their own computer or laptop.

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The bright-red lighthouse, built on a tiny island off Sweden's west coast in 1868, is surrounded by a scattering of squat, red buildings originally built to house the lighthouse keeper's family. It can only be reached by boat or helicopter, depending on the weather.

After a series of interviews and tests, festival organisers chose emergency nurse and film buff Lisa Enroth for the prize, in keeping with the 2021 festival's theme, Social Distances.

Before boarding a small speedboat out to the island on the clear, chill winter's morning, Enroth said she had applied not only out of her love for the cinema, but also to seek respite from her hectic work as an emergency nurse during the pandemic.

“It has been hectic, so it's a nice opportunity just to be able to land and to reflect over the year,” she said.

Months working amid Covid crisis

Sweden, which has taken a light-touch approach to the pandemic compared to its neighbours, has been facing a stronger than expected second wave of the virus. So far, more than 11,500 people have died from Covid-19 across the country.

Enroth works in the emergency ward of a hospital in Skovde in central Sweden. Since the start of the pandemic, her hospital's work caring for virus patients on top of their regular workload has been intense.

Lisa Enroth on her way to the remote festival location. Photo: AFP

“We had a lot of Covid cases during this year and every patient that has been admitted to the hospital has been passing through the emergency ward,” she told journalists.

The organisers said they were surprised by the numbers of applicants for the prize but were confident they had chosen the right candidate — not only for her love of cinema.

“She has also dedicated this past year in the frontline against the Covid-19 pandemic,” the festival's creative director Jonas Holmberg said to AFP.

“That's also one of the reasons we chose her”. 

Isolated screenings

Boarding the boat dressed in a thick survival suit, Enroth sped over the calm, icy waters, jumping off in the island's tiny harbour and disappearing into her lodgings.

A screen has been set up in the lantern room at the top of the windswept island's lighthouse, offering a 360-degree view of the sea and coastline around.

Another wide screen has been set up in one of the island's buildings.

Enroth will also have a tablet and headphones if she wants to watch films elsewhere on the island, which measures just 250 metres by 150 metres.

With only one other person staying permanently on the island — a safety precaution — Enroth's only contact with the outside world will be through her video diary about the films she has viewed.

The festival's films will be shown online and two venues in Gothenburg itself will allow screenings for just one person at a time.

Holmberg, the festival's creative director, said he hoped events like these would maintain interest in the industry at a time when many screens are closed because of pandemic restrictions.

“We are longing so much to come back to the cinemas and in the meantime we have to be creative and do the things that we can to create discussion,” he told journalists.

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