The Enlightened Screen: Peter Mettler
January 31, 2013
Welcome to our second instalment of an ongoing screening and guest artist series with Canada’s leading independent filmmakers. The Canadian Film Institute is proud to present the critically-acclaimed, award-winning, and influential filmmaker, Peter Mettler.
A key figure in the emergence of a talented generation of filmmakers in Toronto in the mid-1980s (the so-called ‘Toronto New Wave’), the multi-talented Swiss-born, Toronto-raised Peter Mettler was cinematographer on the early films of Atom Egoyan, Patricia Rozema, and others. Also a writer and director of his own, often astonishingly daring films, Mettler has forged a unique, groundbreaking path as an international image-making artist, working in various media and presentation contexts, from cinemas to raves to installations in art galleries.
Arriving on the Canadian film scene in 1982 with Scissere, an experimental psychological drama, Peter Mettler has produced consistently idiosyncratic, impressive, and searching cinema. His other works include the impressionist diary film, Eastern Avenue (1985); a feature drama about man and technology, The Top of His Head (1989); a screen adaptation of Robert Lepage’s Tectonic Plates (1992); as well as a number of short and feature-length documentaries, including Picture of Light (1994) about the experience of and the attempts to photographically ‘capture’ the Northern Lights, and Gambling, Gods and LSD (2002), a revealing cross-cultural journey into the human appetite for states of ecstasy and transcendence.
His work has consistently investigated the mysterious ways and processes of perception and has sought to articulate those investigations in cinematically compelling styles, often combining drama, documentary, and experimental filmmaking modes in his films. His latest work, the third in a ‘perception’ trilogy that includes Picture of Light and Gambling, Gods and LSD, goes to the heart of the deepest mystery of all, time.
The Canadian Film Institute is honoured to have Peter Mettler to present the Ottawa premiere his latest work, The End of Time.