A filmmaker’s inquiry into transcendence becomes a three-hour trip across countries, connecting people over culture and time. From Toronto, the place of his childhood, Peter Mettler sets out on a journey that includes evangelism at the airport strip, demolition in Las Vegas, chemistry and street life in the model society of Switzerland, and the coexistence of technology and divinity in contemporary India. Mettler blends documentary observation with lyrical camera work, location sound with aural sculpture. The result is an audio-visual composition whose movements challenge our preconceptions, evoking in us the wonder and awe of our daily lives. A lucid and personal portrait of our times, Gambling, Gods and LSD may change the way you look at the world.
Peter Mettler (b. September 7, 1958 Toronto, Ontario). A renowned director, producer, cinematographer, editor and sound designer, Peter Mettler is among Canada’s most critically acclaimed contemporary filmmakers. His work is notable for its innovative incorporation of diverse genres and approaches into cohesive new hybrids. In Salome Pitschen and Annette Schönholzer’s book Making the Invisible Visible, Mettler describes his work as a search for “a balance between intellect and intuition, order and chaos, action and perception.” Elusive and meditative, his films are a compelling blend of personal inquiry, experimental and documentary form, metaphysical rumination and narrative drama.
Mettler was part of a circle of filmmakers that emerged as a vital force in Canadian cinema in the 1980s (which has come to be known as the Toronto New Wave). The list of directors he collaborated with as a cinematographer early in his career constitutes a who’s who of the Canadian film industry… read more