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Picture of Light
A film by Peter Mettler

83 minutes, documentary, color, 1994
DVD packaged in a certified Green Forestry eco pack

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Picture of Light is a mesmerizing tale about a filmmaker's journey to Canada's arctic in search of one of Earth's greatest natural wonder: the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. While combining glimpses of the characters who live in this remote environment with the film crew's comic and absurd attempts to deal with the extreme cold, the film reveals the paradoxes involved in trying to capture the spectacular light show of the Northern Lights on celluloid.

Exploring the tension between nature and technology and between science and myth, Peter Mettler's documentary reflects on our desire to capture the wonders of the world on camera, revealing how our increasingly connected world threatens to render obsolete our individual and authentic experiences.


"An extraordinary piece of filmmaking, bursting with visionary power." - Vogue

"One of Canada's most immaculate image-makers points his camera toward the most spectacular special effect the natural world has to offer, and brings back a piece of heaven. Highly recommended!" - The Globe and Mail

"Ravishing... Constantly surprising." - Washington Post

"The most beautiful fusion of art and science I've seen since Michael Snow's La Région Centrale." - Chicago Reader

Disc Features

●  Photo Gallery
●  Director Biography
●  Article: "Paradox and Wonder: The Cinema of Peter Mettler"

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