Director of 720-hour film releases 72-minute trailer
Anders Weberg says 'Ambiancé,' a 30-day-long movie, will be the 'longest film ever made'
A Swedish artist and experimental filmmaker who is working on what he calls the "longest film ever made" (approximate running time: 720 hours) has released a 72-minute trailer for it.
According to director Anders Weberg, the "short teaser" for "Ambiancé" is supposed to "convey the mood and tempo from the full piece."
In it, "space and time is intertwined into a surreal dream-like journey beyond places and is an abstract nonlinear narrative summary of the artist’s time spent with the moving image," Weberg explains.
The first full trailer (duration: seven hours and 20 minutes) won't be released until 2016, with a longer, 72-hour trailer slated for 2018, according to the director. He plans to release the full, 30-day-long "film memoir" in 2020.
Just don't get stuck in the line for popcorn. Weberg says Ambiancé will screen once and then be "destroyed."
It should also destroy the record for longest film. The current record holder for longest film is said to be "Modern Times Forever," which is a measly 10 days long. (After the release of his motion picture, Weber says he plans to quit filmmaking.)
Of course, Weberg isn't the first artist to test the patience of movie audiences. As The Verge points out, Andy Warhol released several maddeningly long films, including 1963's film "Sleep" (five hours of a man sleeping) and 1964's "Empire," an 8-hour, single-shot of the Empire State Building.
Watch the entire 72-minute teaser for 'Ambiancé' below: