July 8, 2014

Here's the Gorgeous 72-Minute Trailer for the Longest Movie Ever Made

Nope, you are reading that title correctly. A one hour and 12 minute teaser trailer has been released for Ambiancé, a movie that will run a total of 720 hours (30 days) upon its completion by Swedish artist Anders Weberg. While that running time may seem daunting and insane (and it is), Weberg plans on releasing the full film in the year 2020 on all continents simultaneously, after which it will be destroyed. It will be his last film, and when it is released, it will be the longest movie ever made, and join ultra-long works like The Clock, 24 Hour Psycho, and Pharrell's recent 24-hour long music video.

While many of you have likely dismissed this idea entirely, the "trailer" is worth a watch, even if you put it on in the background. You can call it artsy fartsy garbage if you'd like (and lots of people will), but there isn't necessarily some big deeper meaning behind what we're seeing, even if it means something to the artist (though it does as you can read below). A lot of the imagery is really beautiful, and the mood is somewhere between a dream and what it might feel like if you were inside a melting oil painting.

So with that out of the way, here is more on the film (from his blog), followed by the 72 minute trailer (it's also NSFW in parts):

At this moment 280 hours is finished of the full 720 hours.
Please help me spread the link and I would love to hear your thoughts as well.

6 months ago today my son André took an overdose and died 21 years old. Much of my works over the years has centered around him.
This is for him.

https://vimeo.com/88864793

Here's more on the filmmaker and his plan for the full movie:

On December 31, 2020 the Swedish artist Anders Weberg end his 20 plus years relation with the moving image as a means of creative expression. After more than 300 films he puts an end with the premiere of what will be the longest film ever made. Ambiancé is 720 hours long (30 days) and will be shown in its full length on a single occasion syncronised in all the continents of the world and then destroyed.

In the piece Ambiancé 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.

A sort of memoir movie. (Film memoir ). This in the visual expression that is constantly characterized the work throughout the artists career.
As a small tease until the premiere in 2020 shorter teaser/trailers will be presented at different occasions.

2014 – Short teaser which is 72 minutes long and that has the intent to convey the mood and tempo from the full piece.
2016 – The first short trailer with duration 7 hours 20 minutes.
2018 – Longer trailer with duration 72 hours.
2020 - Release. 

The final film will obviously be something that no one can sit through in one sitting, and it's not really meant to be. I think the best way to watch work like this is not to be concerned with whether you "get it" or whether you're missing something. The work is what it is, and if it moves you in some way, great, but if it doesn't, that does not mean you or the filmmaker are any less worthy of calling yourselves artists. While he could be doing it only for the sake of doing it, the fact that the final piece is a tribute to his son adds another layer completely.

For more context, I think it also helps to see some of his work in shorter form (parts of these pieces ended up in the trailer above):

https://vimeo.com/86739817

https://vimeo.com/82729860

It's also worth noting some of Weberg's interesting ideas about creating art (from his bio):

He coined the term Peer-to-peer art or (p2p art) in 2006. Art made for – and only available on – the peer to peer networks. The original artwork is first shared by the artist until one other user has downloaded it. After that the artwork will be available for as long as other users share it. The original file and all the material used to create it are deleted by the artist. ”There’s no original”. 8ix films with a duration between 45 minutes and 12 hours was uploaded on the file sharing networks in one copy and their original was deleted. P2P Art – The aesthetics of ephemerality.

Check out more of his videos and information about the film at the links below.

Links:

[via The Verge]

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52 Comments

Da Hell!?!?!

July 8, 2014 at 3:36PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Z-Axis

Da Hell!?!?!

July 8, 2014 at 3:47PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Bleron

^

July 8, 2014 at 11:15PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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nate

Totally fascinating! I absolutely LOVE his concept of P2P Art.

July 8, 2014 at 3:50PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Will this also be shown at the bellevue mental asylum? Cause that's where we'll all be headed after finishing it.

July 8, 2014 at 3:55PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Rankin Multimedia

LOL, damn straight.

July 8, 2014 at 4:16PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Carlos

Magnificent.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

July 8, 2014 at 3:56PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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William

Interesting until i read he plans to destroy it.

I don't have the right words to describe my thoughts on that concept. Plus in doubt it will be destroyed - by announcing that intention - there will be those ready to capture it anyway.

Yeah I don't really have words for this kind of project. Guess I'm not in that crowd whatever crowd that is...

July 8, 2014 at 4:01PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jer

I believe this is a piece of his "peer to peer" art. Someone will inevitably "rescue" it, especially since he plans to destroy it. It's kind of a proof of concept in that sense. I don't think anyone really wants to watch a 720hour movie, but they don't want to see it destroyed either. We as a people hate to see things gone forever.

July 8, 2014 at 4:13PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Well if he wants to call all of those “trailers” then Iron Man 1, Iron Man 2, Incredible Hulk, Captain America and Thor were “trailers” for the Avengers. 

July 8, 2014 at 4:24PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Sean

I'll take artsy fartsy garbage for 500, Alex.

July 8, 2014 at 4:29PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Arendee

You know it's summer because all of the high school students are posting immature comments on a post that deserves a bit more life experience to fully appreciate.

Would never watch it but it's awesome how much of himself he's devoting to his sons memory.

July 8, 2014 at 6:37PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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It was a joke Luke. Lighten up. Or did you leave your sense of humor back in high school? I actually think that as unwatchable as the film will probably turn out to be, it's still a pretty amazing endeavor, but that shouldn't stop us from having a little fun now and then in the comments. And I lifted the "artsy fartsy garbage" line directly from the article. See? Even the author understands a little humor.

July 8, 2014 at 11:29PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Arendee

So why didn't you say that? Why did you opt to call it "artsy fartsy garbage" instead. See how one might misinterpret?

Your original post didn't say one positive thing about it...

July 9, 2014 at 12:42AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Sorry but calling a fellow artists visual eulogy for his dead son "garbage", even in jest, is immature.

July 9, 2014 at 12:44AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Luke, dude. It's a quote from the article... "You can call it artsy fartsy garbage if you’d like (and lots of people will)..."

I truly appreciate where you're coming from, but actually thought the Jeopardy reference was kinda funny...:-)

July 9, 2014 at 8:14PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Hal

Ahhh...missed that. OK. My bad. :)

July 10, 2014 at 1:46AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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I WOULD BUY THE DVD BOXED SET FOR THIS!!!

July 8, 2014 at 4:43PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Bobby

The pinnacle of pretentiousness. Art students can stop trying now.

July 8, 2014 at 5:58PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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mike

yea... on one hand it sounds like interesting, but on the other i find that most art is a ego stroking vanity trip. and while its noble that this is dedicated to his son, and i wouldn't want to insult the artist, i fail to see any value to be derived from something that is so long it can't be appreciated and will exist for such a short amount of time that, again, few will be able to appreciate it. if you want to do art for art's sake for yourself, fine. but why make something for people to experience if they can't experience it? reminds me of that album by the wu-tang clan that they only made a single copy of.

July 8, 2014 at 6:40PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Chris Quevedo

Reminds me of something Andy Worhol would do; he did an 8 hour movie in 1964 of the Empire State Building.

July 8, 2014 at 6:36PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Sean K

thats not the only 8 hour film he made. didn't he also do one called "Man Sleeping"? its just a video of a guy laying there.

July 8, 2014 at 6:41PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Chris Quevedo

Don't forget the classic: Man Ray

July 10, 2014 at 12:30AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jules

"Cinema has become a conveyor belt of films. We want something different!"

Somebody does something different.

"This is shit."

V throws her hands up in despair.

July 8, 2014 at 6:49PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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V Renée
Nights & Weekends Editor
Writer/Director

"it's of no use to me, so it must be useless." - said the useless person.

July 9, 2014 at 9:44AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Juan

Gorgeous. It's amazing. Thanks for that gift.

July 8, 2014 at 6:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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But what if somebody makes a 730 hours film before 2020?

July 8, 2014 at 6:52PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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720 hours of this and I'll overdose. Sorry but I can't imagine even watching an hour of this, it looks like a mind control experiment. You can imagine it being used by the CIA to torture terror suspects by having it continuously play with tiny monitor screens glued to glasses on their faces, with their eyelids held open with matchsticks. Joking aside, this looks insane.

July 8, 2014 at 7:24PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Shaun Fontaine

I dont believe he intents to destroy it, sounds like a stunt to try to get more people to watch it. Fear of missing out can be a strong marketing technique to some people.

There might be 3 people in the world (if anyone) that will watch it and the director probably not one of them.

If you spent 8 hours a day watching it, it would take you 3 months to watch it.... I take it back, nobody will watch it. I even wonder if the whole thing is a stunt to draw attention to the trailer...

July 8, 2014 at 7:43PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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And when I said I was making a 60 minutes trailer for my film people laughed and laughed. But noOoOo, destiny wasn't ready then... -_- perhaps I should mention is was a 5 minutes film.

July 8, 2014 at 8:16PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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edgar

Will anyone even be interested in this in 2020? that's a lot of time to give people to roll right over you with their own ideas that are better and more interesting.

July 8, 2014 at 9:12PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jeffrey

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cin%C3%A9maton

This film sounds WAY more interesting, AND doesn't take a long to watch all the way through.

July 8, 2014 at 9:21PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jeffrey

But... this one goes to 11...

July 8, 2014 at 11:31PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Arendee

while the trailer is mostly abstract/moody imagery, I would find it quite fascinating if the film was an actual 720 hours long drama, you'd sit for maybe an hour or 2 and would get maybe something out of it, then you'd sit again a few days later and get something else.

July 9, 2014 at 7:12AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Watched the first three minutes and love it so far.

July 9, 2014 at 10:05AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Tom

This was really boring. I love the idea of a 720 minute film, but this ambient music and imagery was simply just not worth watching.

July 9, 2014 at 11:22AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Emil

Its not minutes.... Its hours...

July 9, 2014 at 8:21PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Boring FOR YOU. That doesn't mean that the film is actually boring, it just mean you can't appreciate it.

July 10, 2014 at 11:56PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Fascinating. But I just skimmed around and there seem to be no people in it.

July 9, 2014 at 6:56PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Dan

This Film making / Art is getting out of hand ............... The only thing he's doing right is destroying it at the end of it all.. last I check you keep good stuff and destroy TRASH.........

July 9, 2014 at 10:24PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Alvin

I couldn't even finish reading the article.

July 10, 2014 at 4:33PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jerry

What a stupid idea...

It's not that difficult to realize this boring brain damaged movie, just make any boring cut 3 minutes long.

July 10, 2014 at 4:37PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Sandro

I forgot to drop acid before watching a few minutes of this bullshit.

July 10, 2014 at 10:10PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Marc C

Boobies @ 67 Minutes!!! :D

July 10, 2014 at 11:00PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Paul

So is this the next step from the series '24'? Kiefer Sutherland could actually fit in toilet breaks and write up a report for his superiors not to mention eat some doughnuts with the extra time!

July 11, 2014 at 4:07AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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David

Would be better if he actually put a concept behind it and then told it in 720 hours. This is a joke. RIP to his son but that will not make me watch this. To each his own though.

July 11, 2014 at 6:49AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Meji

Whether deliberately or not, Weberg's project has a long-form correspondence to an ancient, still practiced Indian long drama form. See David Shulman's "Creating and Destroying the Universe in Twenty-Nine Nights" (New York Review of Books, 24 Nov 2012 (http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2012/nov/24/creating-and-destroying...)). These old, long-form dramas provide a critical tradition in which to place and judge Weberg's "Ambiance'".

July 12, 2014 at 11:51AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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John Buzan

Have you ever considered creating an ebook or guest authoring on other sites?

I have a blog based on the same information you discuss and would really like to have you share
some stories/information. I know my audience would appreciate your
work. If you're even remotely interested, feel free to send me
an e-mail.

July 12, 2014 at 2:19PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Hello all.
Great to see all your comments. Keep em coming.
I'm working on a Q/A for the website where I will try to answer all the most common questions.
Anders

July 13, 2014 at 4:42PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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This website really has all the information I wanted
about this subject and didn't know who to ask.

July 14, 2014 at 7:01AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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pass for the video?

July 28, 2014 at 8:13AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Johann

someone?

July 28, 2014 at 3:43PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Johann