WEDNESDAY, October 4 @ 7pm in Princess Theatre Director: Peter Mettler | 83-mins. | Canada/Switzerland | 1994 | Documentary | TRAILER With Canada’s 150 this year, EIFF is proud to
WEDNESDAY, October 4 @ 7pm in Princess Theatre
Director: Peter Mettler | 83-mins. | Canada/Switzerland | 1994 | Documentary | TRAILER
With Canada’s 150 this year, EIFF is proud to introduce new programming that highlights classics of Canadian cinema. These FREE! screenings hope to reintroduce select films from the zeitgeist of Canadian independent cinema with renewed presentation, understanding and appreciation. The Technicolour labs located in Toronto and Montreal have restored these films into a new digital form sourced from archival film prints. The 3 film titles are: I’VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING, PICTURE OF LIGHT and RUDE.
PICTURE OF LIGHT is an exquisite exploration of civilization in extremis, the limits of cinematic apprehension, and the idea of north, this film marked a turning point in the singular career of Peter Mettler, forming a bridge between his more psychology-driven early films and his peripatetic magnum opus, GAMBLING, GODS AND LSD.
“I met a man who loves to watch the sky.” Prompted by a challenge posed by Swiss polymath Andreas Züst — who would become both Picture of Light’s producer and one of its enigmatic characters — this pre-digital expedition to capture the aurora borealis on celluloid follows Mettler and his cohort from their Toronto headquarters to Churchill, Manitoba, where forbidding weather yields downtime, which in turn yields fascinating encounters with local eccentrics, feats of mock bravado, and queries into technology, primal urges, and wonderment.
“PICTURE OF LIGHT confronts the ontological status of film,” Peter Urquhart declared in Reverse Shot, “brandishing profundity, humour and many extraordinarily beautiful images.” Buoyed by the musical squalls of avant-rock savant Jim O’Rouke, visions of the sought-after meteorological phenomena arrive first in fleeting glimpses and, eventually, in sustained surveys roiling with supernatural dazzle. But Mettler’s voiceover and finely sculpted odyssey-narrative, favouring questions over answers, ever cognizant of the distance dividing lived experience from film-as-beguiling-surrogate, leave us with a lingering sense that some crucial element in all this remains tantalizingly elusive.
Age appropriate for: 16+ (Mature theme)
Print source: TIFF Film Circuit
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