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THE END OF TIME Kino-Dokumentarfilm, CH/CAN 2012

Buch und Regie: Peter Mettler

Everything begins now.


Regie und Buch: Peter Mettler Kamera: Peter Mettler Zusätzliche Kamera: Camille Budin, Nick De Pencier Location Sound Recording: Steve Richman, Mich Gerber, Dominik Fricker Schnitt: Roland Schlimme, Peter Mettler Sound Design: Peter Bräker, Peter Mettler Musik: Gabriel Scotti, Vincent Hänni, Richie Hawtin, Robert Henke, Autechre, Thomas Koner, Costanza Francavilla, Christos Hatzis, Bruno Degazio


From the very beginning of his career Peter Mettler has created films deemed impossible to make, yet readily appreciated once they exist. A key figure in the critical wave of 80's Canadian filmmakers, Mettler produces works which elude categorization. Melding intuitive processes with drama, essay, experiment or documentation, his 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.


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.


Based both in Switzerland and Canada, Mettler 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, Bruce McDonald, Patricia Rozema, Andrea Nann, Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and many others.


He is active in the development of community networks which foster and share the growth of innovative creative forms and new means of production and distribution which will allow the independent artist to reach his or her particular audience while lightening the financial and ideological pressures of the commercial market.


A book on his work entitled 'Making the Invisible Visible' was published in 1995 and another entitled ‘Of This Place and Elsewhere, The Films and Photography of Peter Mettler’ by Jerry White was published in 2006 as a retrospective film and photography edition by the Toronto International Film Festival.


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.



2012     The End of Time, 109 min, Dok

2006     Manufactured Landscapes, Kamera und kreativer Berater, 90 min, Dok

2002     Gambling, Gods and LSD, 180 min, Dok

1996     Balifilm, 30 min., diary/performance

1994     Picture of Light, Dok

1992     Tectonic Plates, feature drama, Adaptation des Stücks von Robert Lepage & Co