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Gambling, Gods and LSD

Peter Mettler, 180 min

Canada, Switzerland, 2002

Gambling, Gods and LSD

One of the last fifteen years' most magnificent and visionary documentaries is a monument to ecstasy as a source of happiness - and new knowledge.

If you did not yet see Peter Mettler's masterpiece at the very first edition of CPH:DOX in 2003, you have the opportunity to do so this year, where we celebrate the world premiere of his and Emma Davies's 'Becoming Animal' with a special screening of the film that set new, visionary standards for documentary originality. 'Gambling, Gods and LSD' is about achieving happiness and a deeper insight through ecstasy. A picturesque cinematic travel journal from America via Europe to India. And from philosophy and religion via rave parties to a conversation with Albert Hofmann – the chemist who invented LSD. Mettler's journey around the world starts in his home town of Toronto with a Christian cult, which dances and sings its way into the ether, and ends with a visit to a laughter club in Mumbai. A happy ending? For Mettler, travelling is the journey's actual goal, and he has a highly unusual openness for accepting what comes his way. Three hours of thought-provoking grandeur, which in itself will lift your spirits, maybe even make you ecstatic – and certainly leaves you with new knowledge about the great, mad world we live in.


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Sun. 18/03




Sat. 24/03





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Director: Peter Mettler
Original Title: Gambling, Gods and LSD
Country: Canada, Switzerland
Year: 2002
Running time: 180 min
Dialogue: French
Subtitles: English
Category: Art Science
Tags: Cinematic Discoveries Philosophy Ideas
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Producer: Cornelia Seitler, Ingrid Veninger, Alexandra Rockingham Gill
World Sales: Swiss Films
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