‘World’s longest film’ premieres in Helsinki

Posted on March 24, 2011

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By: Akshata Rao

A Danish film which was screened at a film festival in the Finnish capital Helsinki yesterday (Mar23, 2011) has been billed as the longest movie ever screened. The 240-hour film titled “Modern Times Forever (Stora Enso building, Helsinki)” was created and directed by a Danish art group called Superflex.
“According to our information, this is the world’s longest movie,” Paula Toppila, executive director of the IHME art festival, told AFP News Agency.

The film illustrates how the Stora Enso headquarters in Helsinki has fallen into a dilapidated state and as time speeds up post the extinction of human race the building remains battered and ruined. The movie was screened only once on a 40-square-metre (431-square-foot) outdoor screen in central Helsinki, right in front of the original building. The Stora Enso building, Paula Toppila says was mainly chosen “because it is a symbol of power and it is in a central, almost monumental place”.

Some of the past works by Superflex include a cockroach-level tour of London’s Science Museum and a campaign to paste red posters around Copenhagen reading “Foreigners please don’t leave us alone with the Danes”. The group has also created an installation in Heerhugowaard, the Netherlands, called ‘Power Toilets’ – a copy of lavatories used by members of the UN Security Council at UN headquarters in New York.

When asked by BBC News if anybody watching the 10-day film in Helsinki could safely nip away to use the toilet without missing a key moment in the film, Superflex’s Rasmus Nielsen told BBC, “Yes, there is a chance that you might miss a very important point but if you gotta go, you gotta go.”

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