Gambling, Gods and LSD

  • 8.4 10
  • 2002
  • 180min
Gambling, Gods and LSD
  • Original Title: Gambling, Gods and LSD

This film invites the viewer to actively participate in the making of meaning, so that the central theme of the film and the experience of watching it become one and the same. A visionary, intuitive journey. A lucid and personal portrait of our times.

Gambling, Gods and LSD
AWARDS: Best Feature Lenght Documentary Genie Awards. Toronto International Film Festival/ Best Film. Docs Against Gravity Film Festival/ Best Documentary. Duisburger Filmwoche / Best Documentary. Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal/ Grand Prix. Visions du Réel/ Prix du jeune public. Visions du Réel/  Best Documentary. Vancouver International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: FIDOCS Festival Internacional Documentales Santiago de Chile/ Planete + Doc Film Festival/ Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival/ Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival Prizren,Festival dei Popoli Firenze/ IDFA/ Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar/ Yamagata Int. Documentary Film Festival/Docu Days - Beirut International Documentary Festival/ DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival/ International Documentary Film Festival/ Denver Int. Film Festival/ Melbourne International Film Festival/ International Film Festival Trencianske Tepice/ Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival/ Intinity Festival - Film and Spiritual Research/ Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival/ International Film Festival Rotterdam/ Solothurner Filmtage/ Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis/ Pusan International Film Festival/ Duisburger Filmwoche/ Festival international du cinéma et des nouveaux médias/ Vancouver International Film Festival/ Toronto International Film Festival/ South African International Documentary Festival/ Visions du réel - Festival int. du cinéma documentaire

Gambling, Gods and LSD, the journey to what we can not see

"I'm afraid I sin, Peter," says a drug addict, a friend of the author, as they both walk down a lonely street in the middle of the night. It is one of the first scenes of the film directed by Peter Mettler, which will only be a first stop in this cinematic journey to explore what the Swiss director calls the "static states".

In this way, the walk of this “sinful” drug addict in his permanent search for an idealized sense of escapism is connected with the images of the people attending an evangelical church amid their almost catatonic exaltation. The journey continues to the laboratory where an erotic electro-stimulation system is being tested. There, we hear from a scientist that the orgasmic states have much influence in the way we carry on with our lives.

In this film-essay, Mettler travels and films on four continents - from Las Vegas, in the United States, to Kerala, in India - sometimes with a beautiful imperfection, others with delicate sobriety, men and women at the mercy of their geographic and psychological atmospheres. The film manages to answer the author's own question on the screen: How to show what I cannot see?

Peter Mettler
Peter Mettler Director

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Grimthorpe Film

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