If you thought the three-hours-plus running times of Peter Jackson and Quentin Tarantino’s movies were bad, spare a thought for anyone who walks in to see experimental Swedish film Ambiancé.
Filmmaker Anders Weberg’s latest offering isn’t going to be released until December 2020, but it’s already set to be the longest film in history with a promised duration of 720 hours – that’s 30 whole days of being sat inside the cinema taking it all in.
Ambiancé’s newest trailer clocks in at a challenging 439 minutes, or seven hours if you need it to sound even more intimidating. That’s practically an entire working day just to get hyped for what could well turn out to be the most tedious film ever released.
Weberg put out a 72-minute ‘teaser’ trailer last year and is planning to release a 73-hour promo for his magnum opus in 2018. The ambitious film features a pair of performance artists on a beach in Sweden – no cuts, no story, just that.
The location has some cinematic pedigree. It’s the same place Ingmar Bergman used for the chess game between Antonius Block and the Grim Reaper in 1957 classic Seventh Seal.
Explaining his film on its Vevo page, Weberg said: “This will be the artist Anders Weberg’s goodbye to the moving medium as a way of expression for the last 25 years and no more films will be made after that. C’est fini.
“The final film will be screened once – syncronised across continents – and then deleted. Ambiancé is 720 hours long (30 days) and will be shown in its full length on a single occasion synchronised in all the continents of the world and then destroyed. Ambiancé will be the longest film made that doesn’t exist.”
So, catch Ambiancé while you can before it’s lost forever. Or, let’s be honest, at 30 days you’ll probably skip it in favour of the latest Marvel superhero blockbuster.