“Ambiance”: The longest film ever made will be about “Life, quest, power, death, escape, rest, love”

By on December 13, 2015

Swedish artist Anders Weberg, who according to his website is currently based in the small village Kölleröd in the south of Sweden, has been working on Ambiancé for more than six years and he hopes to end up with the longest film ever made — 720 hours/30 days.

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According to this recent interview he did with VICE, Weberg also says that it will be his last film, and he says that on December 31, 2020, it will be the end of his “20-plus years relation with the moving image as a means of creative expression.”

Ambiancé will then be shown in its full length on a single occasion — synchronized in all the continents of the world — and then destroyed.

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According to his website, Ambiancé is a film in which “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.”

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What does Weberg have to say about the film’s plot”? What is it about?

“How do you one explain a 30-day-long film?,” he says, telling VICE it’s about “Life, quest, power, death, escape, rest, love.”

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Here’s more about the filmmaker, in his own words:

“My name is Anders Weberg, I’m 46 years old and was born in a small town called Landskrona in the south of Sweden. After moving around in Sweden and abroad I have now settled with my family on a small farm in a village called Kölleröd where we live with animals, grow our own food and just enjoying life.

I define myself simply as an artist currently working mostly with the moving medium. ”Ambient filmmaking” is a term I really like and feel fits very well.

I have worked with film now full-time for almost 20 years now. I have always played music but wasn’t good enough or handsome enough but wanted to be around the scene so I started making popvideos in the ninties and have done about 100 in the past and still do some from time to time. But I’ve been mostly involved in the video art/experimental film scene.

Other than that I also play improvised video live in different constellations on but also solo where I also compose the music. I play on festivals around the world. I have never worked in the so called regular film business or in the commercial world. I just totally focused on finding my own voice and refine that.”

In this excerpt from the 7-hour and 20-minute long trailer, Weberg filmed (in one long take, on October 31, 2015) on the same beach where Ingmar Bergman filmed the chess scene from The Seventh Seal. The full trailer will be released next year.

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Follow Weberg on his journey to create the longest film ever made at his Youtube page.

Read more here about his interview with VICE here.

Be sure to also check out our post on The Clock — a looped 24-hour single-channel montage that functions as a clock, constructed from tens of thousands of clips, from more than 70 years of cinema and television history, scenes and sequences depicting the passage of time — right here.

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, assistant editor for the When You Awake blog, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.