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GAMBLING, GODS AND LSD
UK: ICA Projects
Cast: John Paul Young
Director: Peter Mettler
UK: 180 mins
UK Release Date: 30 January 2004 (Limited Release)
An intuitive undertaking by a visionary film maker, Mettler's journey leads from Toronto's Ballardian city-edges through the natural and human excesses of the Nevada desert, to a decaying bourgeois Switzerland and the exotic, chaotic streets of Southern India. Along the way he documents encounters with those who drive themselves to their physical or mental limits to find transcendence through extremity. Philosophical and poetic, this epic endeavour plays out like KOYAANISQATSI with content, evoking Chris Marker's SANS SOLEIL in extremis.