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Longest film trailer ever made lasts a whopping seven hours

Tom Wood

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Longest film trailer ever made lasts a whopping seven hours

One of the longest films ever made had a trailer that lasted for more than seven hours and a teaser trailer that went on for more than an hour. Don’t worry, the below video isn’t quite that long, but it should give you an idea of what you’d have been working with.

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The film was called Ambiancé and it was set to be released on December 31 2020, lasting for a whopping 30 days exactly after that.

That’s 720 hours, which is presumably why the trailer lasted for seven hours and 20 minutes.

They obviously liked that set of numbers.

The film was the brainchild of Swedish experimental director Anders Weberg, and he is said to have made it as a bit of a reaction to the disposable nature of cinema these day, where films from times gone by are just being remade and churned out by the bucketload.

It would be fair to assume that he’s not a massive Marvel fan, then?

Ambiancé is 30 days long. Credit: Ambiancé Press/Anders Weberg
Ambiancé is 30 days long. Credit: Ambiancé Press/Anders Weberg

Weberg took a good while to make this film, which is hardly surprising given that it lasts for 30 days.

He released the trailer back in 2016, with the release scheduled for 2020.

However, in the end it never actually happened.

The idea was that the film would be aired from December 31 2020 for the full 30 day runtime, then the film would be destroyed straight afterwards.

Imagine spending years on something like this then destroying it.

That’s artistic intent for you, I guess. Anyway, it never happened in the first place.

This might be because the entire world was disrupted by Covid-19 for quite a while around the time, although the director did tweet on January 3 2021 to say that the film was finished.

It's an unusual film, to say the least. Credit: Ambiancé Press/Anders Weberg
It's an unusual film, to say the least. Credit: Ambiancé Press/Anders Weberg

His website also lists the film amongst his oeuvre, so maybe it did get completed in the end.

Weberg had previously threatened to release a 72 hour long trailer two years after this seven hour 20 minute effort, but that never happened either.

Whilst it’s fair to say that not many people have watched the whole trailer – and certainly no-one but the director has seen the whole film – we can give you a basic idea of what happens.

The simple truth is – very little.

Filmed on a beach in Sweden, it features two people who turn up – dressed a bit like priests – and move around on the beach.

Maybe we'll never know what happened to the film. Credit: Ambiancé Press/Anders Weberg
Maybe we'll never know what happened to the film. Credit: Ambiancé Press/Anders Weberg

At one point they have a kiss, but you’d have to watch nearly the full seven hours to find that out.

It’s not clear what has happened to the project, as it was never shown as intended.

Does that mean that he just deleted it, or is it still out there waiting to be shown before the director destroys ever copy, making it the ‘longest movie that doesn’t exist’ as he originally intended.

Featured Image Credit: Anders Weberg

Topics: TV and Film, Weird, Art

Tom Wood
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