THE END OF TIME
Working at the limits of what can easily be expressed, filmmaker Peter Mettler takes on the elusive subject of time, and once again turns his camera to filming the unfilmmable.
From the particle accelerator in Switzerland, where scientists seek to probe regions of time we cannot see, to lava flows in Hawaii which have overwhelmed all but one home on the south side of Big Island; from the disintegration of inner city Detroit, to a Hindu funeral rite near the place of Buddha's enlightenment, Mettler explores our perception of time. He dares to dream the movie of the future while also immersing us in the wonder of the everyday.
THE END OF TIME, at once personal, rigorous and visionary, Peter Mettler has crafted a film as compelling and magnificent as its subject.
"... recalling the work of Terrence Malick, Werner Herzog and the late Chris Marker... THE END OF TIME becomes immersive and hypnotic... a ravishingly beautiful experience."
--Stephen Dalton, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"A work of vision... A globe-trotting cine-essay about time... poetic and lovely."
--Adam Nayman, POV
"Mettler's trippy films work as perceptual experiences... free your mind, and the rest will follow."
--Mark Peranson, PARDO LIVE LOCARNO
"Peter Mettler traverses the globe to explore (and explode) our conceptions of time, in this entrancing combination of documentary and mind-expanding philosophical speculation."
--Steve Gravestock, TIFF
"One of Canada's great cinematic experimentalists returns with a documentary exploring the meaning of time... There is not a hint of the didactic here, but rather pure contemplation, much like Graham Coleman's 1979 masterpiece Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy, which also sought to introduce a timeless, meditative state for viewers."
THE GLOBE & MAIL
--Jason Anderson, CINEMA SCOPE
"Peter Mettler's poetic lens has inquired into everything from personal fulfillment (Gambling, Gods and LSD) to the Northern Lights (Picture of Light). Now he's after his most elusive prey yet: the very human concept of time... (The End of Time) is of a piece with Patricio Guzmán's Nostalgia for the Light, a film that similarly finds miraculous unity in seemingly random things."
--Peter Howell, TORONTO STAR
"A film trip. A world film."
"A form of cinematic meditation ... powerful, moving and sensually ravishing to watch."
--Geoff Pevere, TORONTO STAR
"Peter pushes forward with every new film, in his bid for a re-visioned consciousness."
--Philip Hoffman, Filmmaker
"Mettler has tuned himself to the world. Always receptive to the unexpected."
--Peter Weber, Swiss novelist
RETOUR RIDM 2012 Interview With Peter Mettler
Peter Mettler is interviewed by Retour RIDM after the premiere screening of The End of Time in 2012. Note: the first couple minutes are en francais, but after clips of the movie Peter is interviewed (in English).
NYON PITCH FOR "THE END OF TIME" (2009)
A visual essay/pitch by Peter Mettler
Peter Mettler was invited to deliver a pitch for a new project at the Nyon Film Festival, for what would eventually become "The End of Time" (2012). This image montage was projected alongside a live reading of the text.
Press Kit - English
Press Kit - German
Poster - Euro