7333 Seconds of Johanna - the longest movie shot in one take
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
07/01/2013 - Swedish director Anette Skåhlberg is to enter the Guinness Book of World Records with her feature debut, where for more than two hours she plays a troubled woman going through Uppsala
It took three takes, until Swedish director Anette Skåhlberg (photo) succeeded - but the fourth shot of the feature debut, 7333 Seconds of Johanna, will later this month (January) enter the Guinness Book World Records as the longest movie filmed in one single take, beating Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov's Russian Ark (2002).
After several months of preparations and rehearsals, 65 cast and crew were ready in the city centre - on October 7, 2012, between 09:35am-11:37am, they recorded a little more than two hours in the life of a troubled woman, monitored by Guinness World Records representatives, checking that no additional footage was included.
Skåhlberg has herself written the script about Johanna and her rather chaotic situation - she wants a divorce from her jealous husband, although she still loves him, and she insists on joint custody of their six-year-old daughter, while he wants her solely. She has financial problems, and her new lover has just proposed to her.
In real time, Johanna (Skåhlberg) is hurrying through Uppsala, through different quarters, churches and hotels, in a boat on the Fyriså, trying to find herself amidst maritial and economic problems. Robert Fransson stars as her husband, Josefin Olsson as her daughter, Thorsten Andreassen as her lover.
Based on her own real-life experiences, 7333 Seconds of Johanna was photographed by Jesper Klevenås, and Martin Lima de Faria was responsible for technical coordination, for S.T.O.P. Film. Skåhlberg is currently negotiating theatrical distribution for the 2hour-2minute-3second production.