If you admire Béla Tarr’s seven-and-half-hour opus “Sátántangó” or any of Filipino auteur Lav Diaz’s movies clocking in at more than five hours, Swedish artist/filmmaker Anders Weberg would like to congratulate you on your quaint little achievement. Though it won’t be completed until 2020, Weberg’s 30-day-long (yes, you read that right) “Ambiancé” now has a seven-hour-and-twenty-minute trailer. (Full disclosure: I may or may not have actually watched all 440 minutes before writing this article.)
Said marketing material, which is certain to go viral at any moment, is the second of three promotional videos hyping what’s being touted as the longest film ever made. The first, a 72-minute teaser, was released in 2014; the next, a 72-hour trailer, will be released in 2018. (Are you sensing a pattern here?) All of this is leading up to a single, global screening of the completed work in 2020, after which “Ambiancé” will be destroyed.
As you’ve likely guessed from either a few minutes’ worth of footage or even deductive reasoning, Weberg has not made a fictional narrative here. Shot in the same region of Sweden where Ingmar Bergman filmed “The Seventh Seal,” “Ambiancé” is an experimental film starring two performance artists on a beach. There are no cuts. If that doesn’t get you even more excited than the fact that Marvel has already announced most of its lineup through the next four years, I’m not sure what to tell you.