AMBIANCÉ :: The Longest Movie Ever

Weberg characterizes Ambiancé as the intertwining of space and time into a “surreal dream-like journey beyond places.”

Swedish visual artist Anders Weberg is in the process of creating the longest and apparently most-ambientical movie in world history, planned to run 720 hours and thus requiring a month-long sitting without breaks to view in its entirety. The filmmaker posted a 72-minute “teaser” of Ambiancé on Vimeo for two weeks in July, now removed, which specialist blogger The Art(s) of Slow Cinema reviewed with some bemusement but much admiration for the quality of the imagery. For the time being, there is a 7.2 second trailer available for public viewing.

A further teaser clocking in at seven and a half hours is scheduled to be uploaded in 2016, a 72-hour version two years later and once the final cut has been made in 2020, all being well, Weberg plans on showing Ambiancé one time only on each continent (including Antarctica?) before destroying it.

There is no dialogue, no narration or timeline, but in an interview with Swedish TV, Weberg relates that the film is equal parts expressionist experiment and autobiographical reckoning with the death of his 21-year-old son of an overdose six months ago. The score is being composed by Marsen Jules, with whom Weberg has previously worked. Weberg characterizes Ambiancé as the intertwining of space and time into a “surreal dream-like journey beyond places.”

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