Skip to comments.Swede Shoots World's Longest Film: 720 Hours
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.
You mean, in between golf games, Obama has time to make films?
Maybe watch Niagara Falls for a week?
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.
So, what is the plot?
It's about the world's longest staring contest, starting NOW!
OK, he is probably insane
Really? Who is going to spend a month to watch a movie?
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...
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.
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.
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”.
It’s not like Swedish films already have the reputation of being long and boring...
More interesting than Andy Warhol’s EMPIRE?
Art is only art in Sweden if it is uber-pretensious
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