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Peter Mettler

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Based both in Switzerland and Canada, Peter Mettler (born 1958, Toronto) is a strong supporter of independent creativity, having collaborated with numerous filmmakers, artists and musicians such as Werner Penzel, Michael Ondaatje, Atom Egoyan, Peter Weber, Fred Frith, Jim O'Rourke, Tom Kuo, Alexandra Rockingham Gill, Robert Lepage, Andreas Züst, and many others.
Melding intuitive processes with drama, essay, experiment or documentation, his own films hold a unique and influential position in creative expression not only in film but also in new art forms where cinema and other disciplines merge. Meditations on our world, rooted in personal experience, his works reflect the visions and wonder of their characters and audiences alike. Mettler’s films have garnered many prizes and been the focus of several retrospectives internationally.
Additional artistic activities include a wide range of ongoing engagements in music, dance and photography. Over the years Mettler has presented photographic gallery exhibitions in Europe and Canada. More recently he has been experimenting with live sound and image mixing performances with a diversity of musical artists in an extremity of locales ranging from radio theatres to dance clubs and wilderness locations. An interview with Mettler on these activities is included in the 2005 publication The VJ Book by Paul Spinrad.


Lancalot Freely (20´, Canada, 1980)
Scissere (88´, Canada, 1982)
Eastern Avenue (58´, Canada, 1985)
The Top of his Head (110, Canada, 1989)
Tectonic Plates (106´, Canada, 1992)
Picture of Light (83´, Switzerland/Canada, 1994)
Balifilm (30´, Canada, 1996)
Gambling, Gods and LSD (180´, Canada/Switzerland, 2002)
Away (3´, Canada, 2007)
Shostakovitch/Notes in Silence (25´, Cannada, 2007)
Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands (43´, Canada, 2009)
The End of Time (109', Switzerland/Canada, 2012)



Away (Orig.) / 2007 / Canada / 3 min

The filmmaker of this short documentary used his cellphone camera to shoot these scenes in Costa Rica. He reflects on the dichotomy of nature versus technology. Part of the MobiDOCS: Confessions in a Digital Age series.



Eastern Avenue

Eastern Avenue (Orig.) / 1985 / Canada / 87 min

An exploration of intuition, using film as a kind of audio-visual improvisation. The structure and innate "story" of the film were formed by the chronology of experiences and perceptions that emerged from a journey to Berlin, Portugal and Switzerland.



Gambling, Gods and LSD

Gambling, Gods and LSD (Orig.) / 2002 / Canada, Schweiz / 180 min

A filmmaker’s inquiry into transcendence becomes a three-hour trip across countries and cultures, interconnecting people, places and times.


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Picture of Light

Picture of Light (Orig.) / 1994 / Canada / 83 min

An hallucinatory tale which documents a filmmaker’s journey to Canada’s arctic in search of the Northern Lights.




Scissere (Orig.) / 1982 / Canada / 83 min

While deploying a seemingly inexhaustible repertoire of optical effects, Scissere renders the experiences of a mental patient who wanders outside his institutional confines for the first time in many years. He imagines himself inside the sensibilities of three people he randomly spots at a bus station.



The End of Time

The End of Time (Orig.) / 2012 / Canada, Schweiz / 109 min

THE END OF TIME, at once personal, rigorous and visionary, Peter Mettler has crafted a film as compelling and magnificent as its subject.



Trace of the future according to Peter Mettler

Une trace du futur selon Peter Mettler (Orig.) / 2014 / Canada / 3 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.




Balifilm (Orig.) / 1997 / Canada / 28 min

Generelt sagt kan Mettlerovs film ikke kategoriseres. Det samme gælder for hans lyriske dagbog over to ture til Bali, hvor han intuitivt blander visuelle billeder med et essay ifølge traditionen af Joris Ivens, Arne Sucksdorffa eller Werner Herzog...




Petropolis (Orig.) / 2009 / Canada / 43 min

Peter Mettlers film ”Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands“, for det meste optaget fra en helikopter, tilbyder et enesteånde indblik i verdens største industrielle, kapitalmæssige og energetiske projekt...



The festival of German language films is drawing near. Don’t miss it!

The festival of German language films is drawing near. Don’t miss it!

If only because Das Filmfest has prepared a selection of the most interesting films from the current production of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. From October 19 to 23, Prague’s viewers can visit Lucerna and Atlas cinemas and choose among almost 40 films, ranging from historical films and psychological drama through genre and art films to crazy comedies.

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- 10.10.2016 -

Jihlava, Or 20 Years of Documentary in Bohemia

Jihlava, Or 20 Years of Documentary in Bohemia

From October 25 to 30, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival will see its 20th anniversary edition. Look forward to the opulent programme in eight screening halls!

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- 3.10.2016 -

Visegrad? Where the hell is that?

Visegrad? Where the hell is that?

With this daring motto, playfully ironic visual design and primarily interesting film selection, Visegrad Film Festival presented its programme in Cork, Ireland. How was it, where does it go and why is it actually held in Ireland?

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- 26.9.2016 -

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