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Swede Shoots World's Longest Film: 720 Hours
The Local - Sweden ^ | 7/19

Posted on 07/19/2014 6:04:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway

VIDEO: Anders Weberg tells The Local about the inspiration behind the the world's longest film, coping with the tragic loss of his son, and the 72 minute 'trailer' which has been wowing audiences.

The 46-year-old artist, who lives in southern Sweden, has been working on the magnum opus entitled Ambiancé for the past few years. Weberg has made more than 300 films in the past and he intends Ambiancé to be his final work.

"I've always been interested in time," he told The Local during a break from filming.

"Time is something we can't do anything about. In the past I made a nine-hour film. I like it when you can take your time doing things," he said.

Weberg describes his film as a "surreal dream-like journey beyond places", and it is certainly rather different from your average cinematic blockbuster.

He has already shot 280 hours of film and has a hectic schedule ahead of him to meet his scheduled 2020 deadline, when the final version lasting 720 hours (30 days) is released.

"The film isn't your typical movie in that it isn't a linear experience. In a way it is quite pretentious in the sense that it is all about me," he said in a matter-of-fact tone.

A few days ago Weberg released the 72 minute trailer for Ambiancé, and it has already racked up over 130,000 views online. The occasion was a sombre one for him as it fell on the six-month anniversary of his son's death.

"My son André was a heavy drug user, and he died in January at the age of just 21. He features a lot in the trailer and when I first showed it the audience went silent, as it is quite dark."

"Working on the film helped me with the grieving process. When I think of my son I don't think of what we did together in the past, but of what we won't ever get the opportunity to do together in the future," said Weberg.

One might guess that with an intended length of 720 hours, precious little ends up on the cutting room floor. But that's far from the truth.

"I need to make an hour a week that is used in the film, so to do that I need around seven or hours of material. There is a lot of layering involved so this isn't your typically clean Scandinavian style," he said.

The artist lives in a rural part of southern Sweden on a small farm with his wife and two children. When he isn't out filming they run a local cafe together, and he says the mixture of art and business helps the creative process.

Feedback for the first teaser has been positive and he intends to release a longer one, at 7 hours 20 minutes in 2016, then another trailer in 2018 at 72 hours long.

"People who have watched say it is unlike anything they have ever seen before. Even if they watch in the modern, which is by fast forwarding things, they seem to enjoy it," he said.

Weberg will remove the 72 minute trailer on July 20th and will then destroy the whole 720 hour film when it is aired in six years time.

"I already know how it is going to end," he concluded cryptically.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Hobbies; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: boring
This may well prove interesting.
1 posted on 07/19/2014 6:04:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
"In a way it is quite pretentious in the sense that it is all about me," he said in a matter-of-fact tone.

You mean, in between golf games, Obama has time to make films?

2 posted on 07/19/2014 6:06:34 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe watch Niagara Falls for a week?


3 posted on 07/19/2014 6:06:44 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper you are misinformed)
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To: nickcarraway

Man, that’s a long time with yer butt in a theater seat and no intermission for a potty break. I’ll settle for the 72-hour trailer.


4 posted on 07/19/2014 6:07:44 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: nickcarraway
"I already know how it is going to end," he concluded cryptically.

Lets hope he's not planning a killing spree or something.
5 posted on 07/19/2014 6:07:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: nickcarraway; GeronL; Slings and Arrows
And in all that time THE - CAMERA - NEVER - MOVES.


6 posted on 07/19/2014 6:18:42 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: a fool in paradise

wow.

So, what is the plot?


7 posted on 07/19/2014 6:19:15 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL
So, what is the plot?

It's about the world's longest staring contest, starting NOW!


8 posted on 07/19/2014 6:21:43 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: nickcarraway
Weberg will remove the 72 minute trailer on July 20th and will then destroy the whole 720 hour film when it is aired in six years time

OK, he is probably insane

9 posted on 07/19/2014 6:21:50 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: nickcarraway

Really? Who is going to spend a month to watch a movie?


10 posted on 07/19/2014 6:22:43 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: GeronL
So, what is the plot?

A brave rebel band fights against imperial domination and the construction of a gigantic, moon-sized space ship with a planet-destroying death beam aided by cute robots and strange, furry midgets...no, wait a minute, I shouldn't have searched on "interminable, pretentious nonsense" at IMDB...

11 posted on 07/19/2014 6:22:48 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: GeronL

720 hours??? I’d rather watch 200 hours of Obama speeches,
which kind of tells you where I’m coming from, since
you would have to put a gun to my head to get me to
do that, and I’d probably sleep through all of it.


12 posted on 07/19/2014 6:23:35 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: nickcarraway
This is nothing, if you were to listen to or watch everyone of the 18,262 radio and TV episodes of Guiding Light from it's 73 year run, it would take a 18 MONTHS, if you took no breaks. It is probably the longest recorded narrative in human history.
13 posted on 07/19/2014 6:24:30 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps (Hi! I'm the Dread Pirate Roberts! (TM) Ask about franchise opportunities in your area.)
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To: Billthedrill

a movie lasting 30 days that he will destroy after airing... I hope someone DVR’s it because I sleep a lot in a month. I will miss some of the most important plot twists.


14 posted on 07/19/2014 6:24:36 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Billthedrill
Man, that’s a long time with yer butt in a theater seat and no intermission for a potty break

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butt-Numb-A-Thon

15 posted on 07/19/2014 6:24:58 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: tet68

lol


16 posted on 07/19/2014 6:25:11 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: tet68

Andy Warhol made a movie about the Empire State Building, run in real time, I think it is 24 hours.

Someone tried to force him to watch his own movie by tying him to a chair. He still managed to escape before it was over.

I think his quote was “sometimes I like to be bored and sometimes I don’t”.


17 posted on 07/19/2014 6:26:38 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Elian Gonzalez sought asylum and was sent back to Cuba, send these kids back to THEIR parents.)
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To: GeronL

It’s not like Swedish films already have the reputation of being long and boring...


18 posted on 07/19/2014 6:27:26 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

More interesting than Andy Warhol’s EMPIRE?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0196530/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_69


19 posted on 07/19/2014 6:27:59 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: nickcarraway

Art is only art in Sweden if it is uber-pretensious


20 posted on 07/19/2014 6:29:45 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: smokingfrog
Really? Who is going to spend a month to watch a movie?

I binge watch some series, but I'm not willing to watch 720 hours in a month.

21 posted on 07/19/2014 6:33:36 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: nickcarraway

I just wanna know how much it’s gonna cost me at Redbox.


22 posted on 07/19/2014 6:34:16 PM PDT by moovova
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To: GeronL

Soccer?


23 posted on 07/19/2014 6:40:51 PM PDT by Gamecock (There is room for all of God's animals. Right next to the mashed potatoes and gravy.)
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To: GeronL
Around hour 340 Godot drops by for a while, but he couldn't stay for long.
24 posted on 07/19/2014 6:41:52 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The IRS: either criminally irresponsible in backup procedures or criminally responsible of coverup.)
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To: KarlInOhio

lol


25 posted on 07/19/2014 6:44:19 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Gamecock

720 Hour game

score tied at 0


26 posted on 07/19/2014 6:45:11 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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FReepers! Let's go!
Every donation counts!



27 posted on 07/19/2014 6:46:07 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: GeronL
720 Hour game...score tied at 0...

And no potty break. I do believe you've just described Hell.

28 posted on 07/19/2014 6:49:13 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

lol

But there, it would be a triple header.... 3 months between 2-minute potty breaks


29 posted on 07/19/2014 6:50:32 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

And a 100-yard line at the single urinal...


30 posted on 07/19/2014 6:52:17 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

bump!


31 posted on 07/19/2014 6:54:00 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: nickcarraway

Best Swedish film ever!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X2QmLWWxq4


32 posted on 07/19/2014 7:02:29 PM PDT by xp38
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To: nickcarraway

Sounds to me like a patentable cure for insomnia.


33 posted on 07/19/2014 7:39:32 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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i think he ought to be strapped down and forced to watch it.


34 posted on 07/19/2014 7:45:45 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: nickcarraway

I can’t wait for the sequel!


35 posted on 07/19/2014 7:46:05 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: nickcarraway

Not to mention dark and full of angst.


36 posted on 07/19/2014 7:57:53 PM PDT by Little Pig
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To: nickcarraway

I’d like a shot at the concessions contract.


37 posted on 07/19/2014 8:15:07 PM PDT by logitech (It is time.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’d shoot a 720 hour film, too. With a flippin’ 12 gauge.


38 posted on 07/19/2014 8:18:15 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: logitech

Pillows and blankets will sell well


39 posted on 07/19/2014 8:19:23 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: xp38

Naked Lust in Sinful Sweden (Benny Hill)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnkPhK7tmhw


40 posted on 07/19/2014 8:21:56 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GeronL

I have the image of Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange...

Dancing in my brain, just dancing in my brain


41 posted on 07/19/2014 8:34:28 PM PDT by logitech (It is time.)
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To: logitech

“Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange...”

I think that’s the only movie in my very long life that I could not finish.

.


42 posted on 07/19/2014 8:36:56 PM PDT by Mears
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To: nickcarraway

Winters can be long in Sweden, but not that long.


43 posted on 07/19/2014 8:54:50 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: nickcarraway

Gonna need a lot of bathroom breaks.


44 posted on 07/19/2014 9:10:17 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: nickcarraway

Will there be a Cliff Notes version —


45 posted on 07/19/2014 9:37:57 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

The Cliff notes version is 3 days long!


46 posted on 07/19/2014 9:44:09 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Fifty hours of Clogging? AWESOME!


47 posted on 07/19/2014 9:55:37 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: nickcarraway

Watching ANY Swedish film feels too long.


48 posted on 07/20/2014 12:23:34 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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