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The first trailer for the longest film has arrived!


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Ambiance will be released on 31st December 2020 and will be 720 hours long.

This trailer is 7 hours long.

Bagsy not reviewing it.

Swedish artist Anders Weberg is currently making Ambiance, a film that will be 30 days (720 hours) long. As the artist himself says “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 .This in the visual expression that is constantly characterized the work throughout the artists career.”

It will only be screened once (simultaneously on every continent) and then destroyed.

“There will always be longer films and there is but this one will be the longest film made that doesn’t exist. A totally different thing.”

As promised, here’s the trailer!

 

It was shot in Hovs Hallar in southern Sweden, on the same beach that Ingmar Bergman shot the famous chess match in The Seventh Seal

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Death (Bengt Ekerot) and Antonius Black (Max von Sydow) as spoofed in Bill & Ted 40 years later.

There will be a second trailer in 2018, that will be 72 hours long.

Reading some exerts from the website The Longest Film, Welberg created the “p2p art” concept in 2006:

“P2P Art.  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”.

A pretty interesting idea. In the past if the physical canvas was destroyed, a painting would be lost forever. If the film reels were ruined, movies couldn’t be watched again. Up until 1978, the BBC had no policy on archiving and would routinely delete old TV programmes, meaning a lot of British television history – famously including Doctor Who episodes, but also the footage of the moon landings – has been lost forever. However, we now live in a world “where everything is kept forever as long as we have any media to store it on”. The culmination of this will be a film that physically no longer exists, and only lives on in the memory of the people who saw it.

Welberg currently has 400 hours of the film finished, and is producing 1 hour of edited footage a week. It will be his last film.

“Every little part of me is in this movie. This will be my last after working full-time for almost 20 years so it better be. If not, what a waste”

The Snooty Ushers wish him luck in the rest of this endeavor.

If you’re interested in finding out more, click here for the link to the Facbook page for the movie, and Anders Weberg’s twitter is https://twitter.com/andersweberg.

All pictures and quotes are taken from thelongestfilm.com, apart from The Seventh Seal one, obviously.

Until next time, stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.

that's all folks

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