World's longest film releases 72-minute teaser

The world's longest film, set to premiere in 2020, will clock in at 720 hours. Here's a (relatively) brief teaser.

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Anders Weberg

Currently, the world's longest film -- Modern Times Forever -- runs for 10 days (240 hours), documenting what the decay of the Stora Enso building in Helsinki might look like over thousands of years. It's an interesting and ambitious project -- but a serious challenger has appeared on the horizon.

Ambiancé will be the magnum opus of Swedish artist and experimental filmmaker Anders Weberg, who hopes to end his career in filmmaking with a bang. A very long, long bang. In fact, it hopes to triple the length of Modern Times Forever, coming in at 30 days (720 hours).

"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," the film's website reads. "A sort of memoir movie."

If you want to know what that looks like, Weberg has released the very first teaser for the film -- coming in at 72 minutes, which in any other terms is almost feature length. And it looks as described: an oneiric collage of moving images, with an abstract narrative and no dialogue.

The teaser will remain live on Vimeo until 20 July, after which the first short trailer will be released -- in 2016. And by "short", Weberg means seven hours and 20 minutes. The full, 72-hour trailer won't be released until 2018, and the full, 720-hour film in 2020.

And, if all goes according to plan, you'll only have one chance to watch Ambiancé in its entirety: it will be shown just once, synchronised around the world, before Weberg destroys it forever.

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