PICTURE OF LIGHT
Dir: Peter Mettler, 1994.
83 min. Canada.

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In the early 90s, ace documentarian Peter Mettler took a skeleton crew out to the -30º plains of Churchill, Manitoba in search of the Northern Lights. What he found results in a film as much bound to philosophical exploration as it is to the lights themselves - synaptic, shimmering, impossible to take your eyes off of.

Mettler’s painstaking stop-motion photography (3 frames per second!) and his deft touch with the locals add up to a voyage that’s hard to describe and harder to forget. You'll see snowed-over landscapes and forgotten villages, thrown against the uncanny cosmos like it's no big deal.

Encounter after encounter, Mettler's portrait reveals less about the science of the lights than about the survival of the people living (literally) under them. To pass the time, one motel owner blows a hole in his wall with a gigantic hunting rifle; without missing a beat, a gust of snowflakes blow back out as he stands and grins into the camera.

Trailer by Arrien Zinghini. Music by The Dreebs.

PICTURE OF LIGHT
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