Gambling, Gods and LSD

  • Canada
  • Switzerland
Audio Tracks 

A filmmaker’s inquiry into transcendence becomes a three-hour trip across countries and cultures, interconnecting people, places and times. From Toronto, the scene of his childhood, Peter Mettler sets out on a journey that includes evangelism at the airport strip, demolition in Las Vegas, tracings in the Nevada desert, chemistry and street life in Switzerland, and the coexistence of technology and divinity in contemporary India. Everywhere along the way, the same themes are to be found: thrill-seeking, luck, destiny, belief, expanding perception, the craving for security in an uncertain world. Fact joins with fantasy; the search for meaning and the search for ecstasy begin to merge.

Mettler blends documentary observation with lyrical camerawork, location sound with aural sculpture. The result is an audio-visual composition whose movements challenge our preconceptions, evoking in us the wonder and awe of our daily existence. It is a mosaic of moments where the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. Gambling, Gods and LSD 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 may change the way you look at the world.

French, German and Spanish subtitles are available in Full HD download only.


  • Original title
    Gambling, Gods and LSD
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Peter Mettler
  • DOP
    Stephen Butson, Monica Guddat, Christine Persaud, Lisa Pilcher, Jara Uhricek
  • Editing
    Peter Mettler, Roland Schlimme
  • Music
    Fred Frith, Peter Bräker, Dimitri de Perrot
  • Sound
    Peter Mettler, Peter Bräker
  • Duration
    180 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Canada
    • Switzerland
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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