Gambling, Gods and LSD

Peter Mettler, Switzerland, Canada, 2002o

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Filmmaker Peter Mettler’s quest for transcendence becomes a three-hour trip across countries and cultures. His journey takes him from an evangelical gathering at an airport hotel to a demolition crew in Las Vegas, from the daily routine of trackers in the Nevada desert to urban life in Switzerland and, finally, all the way to India, where technology and spirituality have found a precarious mode of coexistence. But no matter where Mettler goes, he always finds the same deep sense of yearning – for states of ecstasy and for security in an uncertain world.

Veteran Canadian experimentalist Peter Mettler here conducts an ambitious, intriguing and exhaustingly vast personal journey of discovery into liminal states of ecstasy and transcendence, venturing across north America from Toronto to the Nevada desert, and then on to Switzerland and Kerala. (Excerpt)

Peter Bradshaw

An extended meditation on what humans will do to reach transcendent states, visionary helmer Peter Mettler’s latest effort leaps from Swiss junkies to casino hounds and sexual adventurers in Vegas. The lovingly shot, three-hour pic is probably too leisurely for impatient viewers, but – as in animated Waking Life, which it philosophically resembles – the accumulation of arresting imagery, spooky music, and thoughtful language weaves a hypnotic spell of its own. (Excerpt)

Ken Eisner

Um die drei im Titel genannten Phänomene sowie benachbarte Erscheinungen (Porno, Pudelrennen usw.) zu erforschen, ist Peter Mettler fast zwei Jahre durch die Welt gereist und zieht bei der Verarbeitung seines Materials alle audiovisuellen Register: Bilder, Töne, Musik werden übereinandergeschichtet, verdichtet, zerdehnt und verfremdet, um unsere Wahrnehmungsgewohnheiten aufzulösen. Die spirituelle Sinnsuche der diversen Protagonistinnen und Protagonisten spiegelt sich in der Sinnstiftung, die wir beim Erleben dieses epischen, visionären und experimentellen Filmtrips oft selbst leisten – oder es auch lassen. Ein faszinierendes und einzigartiges Werk, das in bester Bild- und Tonqualität genossen werden will. (Auszug)

Michel Bodmer

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Peter Mettler reflects on his filmmaking process
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Fred Frith: "Gambling, Gods and LSD" (from the soundtrack)
/ Fred Frith
en / 9/4/2018 / 14‘20‘‘

Peter Mettler présente "Gambling, Gods and LSD"
Peter Mettler / Cinémathèque suisse
de / 11/15/2016 / 33‘14‘‘

Sternstunde Philosophie: Über Rausch und Ekstase
/ SRF
de / 5/10/2019 / 105‘11‘‘

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Documentary 
Running time
180 Min.
Original language
English
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Peter Mettler reflects on his filmmaking process
DOCMA, en , 32‘24‘‘
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Fred Frith: "Gambling, Gods and LSD" (from the soundtrack)
Fred Frith, en , 14‘20‘‘
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Peter Mettler présente "Gambling, Gods and LSD"
Cinémathèque suisse, de , 33‘14‘‘
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Sternstunde Philosophie: Über Rausch und Ekstase
SRF, de , 105‘11‘‘
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An in-depth conversation with Peter Mettler
Practical Dreamers: Conversations With Movie Artists / Mike Hoolboom
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Review Filmbulletin
Pierre Lachat
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Review Schnitt
Frank Brenner
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Interview mit Regisseur Peter Mettler
artfilm.ch / Marcy Goldberg
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