In theaters: Coming Soon The End of Time Copyright © First Run Features
Peter Mettler's first feature-length documentary since the Genie-winning "Gambling, Gods and LSD," "The End of Time" is a visually stunning tour de force, as one might expect from one of world's greatest cinematographers. It's also a rich, deeply rewarding and rigorous meditation on the nature of time. Mettler begins the film with archival footage of US Air Force pilot Joe Kittiger, who flew a balloon to the unprecedented height of 102,800 feet, then parachutes out. Watching these images of Kittinger in free fall suspends our notion of time . The film argues that time itself is, in part, a notion we impose on ourselves--and that there may be other ways to view, measure and experience time than the Western artifices of the clock and the stock market bell.