Swiss doc fest Visions du Réel announced January 29 2020 that renowned Swiss-Canadian filmmaker and DOP Peter Mettler be a guest of honour during its 2020 Ateliers programme.
Mettler, whose unique approach deeply influenced documentary writing in the 2000s, will “share his universe’ and his cinematographic practice with the public during a Masterclass. In addition a retrospective of his work will play throughout the festival.
Born in Toronto in 1958 to Swiss parents, Peter Mettler studied film at the Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, and became a figure in the Toronto New Wave in the 1980s after making the noteworthy first experimental feature Scissere (1982), and as cinematographer for Atom Egoyan, Patricia Rozema and Bruce McDonald, as well as Jennifer Baichwal on Manufactured Landscapes (2006).
The hybrid work of the filmmaker explores the limits of human perception without predetermined scripts and according to an associative process that wanders the borders of essay, documentary and fiction, the festival comments.
Mettler’s portfolio includes a trilogy of metaphysical documentary travelogues, consisting of Picture of Light (1994), Gambling, Gods and LSD (2002) and The End of Time (2012), and films haunted by the current environmental crisis such as Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands (2009) and Becoming Animal (2018).
A multi-disciplinary creator, Peter Mettler also works as a VJ with artists such as Fred Frith, Biosphere or Jeremy Narby and Franz Treichler.
In 2016, he donated his personal archives to the Cinémathèque suisse and to the archives of the Toronto International Film Festival, the largest cinematographic collection in English-speaking Canada.
Visions du Réel will run 24 April to 2 May in Nyon, Switzerland.