Known best for his collaborations with Atom Egoyan — serving as cinematographer on films such as Next of Kin — Peter Mettler is an important filmmaker in his own right, as witnessed by the three works collected here. Scissere, Mettler’s first feature, explores the rift between reason and sensation; Eastern Avenue provides a lyrical travelogue of a three-month journey; and Balifilm reflects Mettler’s artistic exploration of the island of Bali.
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