Month-Long Film Gets a 7-Hour Trailer

It shows a continuous shot of a beach in Sweden
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2016 9:26 AM CDT

Swedish artist Anders Weberg says he has made 300 films, but his final "moving image" project, experimental film Ambiancé, promises to be his longest. The running time: 720 hours, or 30 days. As befitting a movie of that length, Weberg has just released a second promotional video for the film—in which "space and time is intertwined into a surreal dream-like journey beyond places"—a trailer that runs seven hours and 20 minutes, per the Independent. Spoiler alert: It shows a continuous shot of two performance artists on a beach in Sweden (the same area that gave us Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal, notes Indiewire). Play has been pressed some 197,000 times, according to Vimeo. The full picture will be screened only once, beginning Dec. 31, 2020, and will then be destroyed, making it "the longest film made that doesn't exist," Weberg says.

"For the last couple of years I kind of lost the lust for the moving media and I'm not so sure about the future of screen based media and thought about a way to phase it out," Weberg writes on the film's website. He describes it as a "memoir film, biographical film" comprised of all his memories. "Everything in the film is linked not (chronologically) but more emotionally." Though it'll be physically impossible to watch the entire film at once, Weberg says "the memories of the little bits and parts the viewer got to see" will remain. "That I feel is so beautiful." Intrigued by what Weberg is calling a "short trailer"? A 72-hour "longer trailer" is slated for release in 2018; a 72-minute short teaser ran in 2014 and is no longer online. (This guy created a 10-hour film of paint drying.)

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