"Peter Mettler is an incomparable talent in Canadian cinema. The innovation and audacity of his work, his dedication to the cinematic art form, and his ability to conjure up images that remain permanently etched in one's mind, secures his place as one of this country's most distinguished contemporary filmmakers.” – Piers Handling
From the beginning of his career, Peter Mettler has created films deemed impossible to make yet readily appreciated once they exist. Melding intuitive processes with drama, experiment, and essay, Mettler’s cinema is at the forefront of contemporary documentary practice. Meditations on our world, rooted in personal experience, his films reflect the visions and wonder of their characters and audiences alike.
Mettler’s films have received numerous retrospectives, including at the Toronto International Film Festival, BAFICI, Lincoln Centre, Pacific Film Archive, Jeu de Paume Paris, Cinémathèque Suisse. His awards include a 2003 Academy of Canadian Cinema Prize for Best Documentary, the La Sarraz Prize from Locarno, Grand Prix and Prix du Jeune Publique at Vision Du Réel, Grand Prize at Figueira da Foz, and Best Film at Hot Docs. His films have been the subject of two books: Making The Invisible Visible (1995), and Of This Place and Elsewhere: The Films and Photography of Peter Mettler (2006). In 2017, Picture Of Light was selected by TIFF as one of Canada’s Essential 150 Canadian Films.