The End of Time

The End of Time
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The End of Time
Canada, 2012, 114 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Switzerland
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Documentary, Environment
Program: True Stories
Language: English

The body is transient, but is time itself something that has a form and mass, a reality beyond human consciousness? Can it be photographed? Can we transcend it? Non-fiction filmmaker Peter Mettler (Gambling, Gods & LSD) explores these fundamental philosophical kernels inside and out in his latest visual essay, a film that was itself five years in the making.

A visual essayist rather than a conventional documentary-maker, Mettler takes us inside the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland, drops in on the last homesteader on a South Pacific island that’s slowly being carpeted by hot lava (“It’s like watching a slow movie,” he says), and swings by Detroit, a dying city that used to be the engine room of the American century. He also visits the very spot where Buddha found enlightenment. Free-flowing and meditative, The End of Time is not as apocalyptic as it first sounds; everywhere Mettler looks he finds images of startling beauty, objects of intellectual curiosity, and signs of regeneration. This is time well spent, and a lovely companion piece to Nostalgia for the Light.

Director Peter Mettier expected to attend the January 5 screening

DIRECTOR: Peter Mettler
Producer: Cornelia Seitler, Ingrid Veninger, Gerry Flahive, Brigitte Hofer
Editor: Peter Mettler, Roland Schlimme
Screenwriter: Peter Mettler
Cinematographer: Peter Mettler, Camille Budin, Nick De Pencier
Music: Gabriel Scotti, Vincent Hänni, Costanza, Robert Henke
Principal Cast: George Mikenberg, Jack Thompson, Richie Hawtin, Rajeev Agrawal, Julia Mettler
Filmography: Gambling, Gods & LSD (2002), Picture of Light (1994), Tectonic Plates (1992), The Top of His Head (1989), Eastern Avenue (1985), Scissere (1982)
Print Source: First Run Features - firstrunfeatures.com

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