Let’s just put this in perspective. Seven hundred and twenty hours is 30 days. That’s one whole month sitting in a movie theater, unable to go to the bathroom in case you miss something. It absolutely dwarfs the official longest movie ever released, 2011’s Modern Times Forever, which lasted 240 hours (or 10 days). This is the very definition of endurance art.
Swedish director Anders Weberg is the man behind the upcoming opus, called Ambiencé, which he says will be screened simultaneously on all continents, for one time only, after which the he plans to destroy all copies, so that it can never be screened again.
So… no waiting for Netflix, we’ll HAVE to brave the crowds to see it opening night.
A few quick facts: The movie isn’t scripted, features over 100 actors, and so far (after 400 hours of footage) contains no dialogue. He claims dialogue is overused in cinema these days, like beats in music, and that it is not needed to send a message.
“My process is that I collect glimpses of light with the camera and take that with me into the computer where the real work begins, taking all these glimpses and arranging and rearranging them into a flow that I feel represents the emotion I try to express,” the director writes. “There is a lot of post production behind it where I run all the captured material through numerous processes. I use After Effects for that part, so this will be for sure an ephemeral experience and the only thing that will remain is the memories of the little bits and parts the viewer got to see.”
Weberg has been releasing trailers for Ambiencé since 2014. The first lasted only 7 minutes. Then, in 2016 he released a new trailer, this one 7-hours-long (you can watch that below, if you are so inclined). Next year, he plans to release the final trailer, which will take 72 hours to watch from start to finish. Um, yay?
(via Oddity Central)