The Top of His Head

  • Canada
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From the gifted lens of filmmaker Peter Mettler, The Top Of His Head is an avant-garde fairy tale years ahead of its time – a genuinely mind-altering experience that blends dramatic narrative with imagistic cinema, inventing nothing less than new ways of seeing.

The Top Of His Head is the story of Gus Victor, a satellite dish salesman whose ordered world is turned upside down by a radical and alluring performance artist. A cryptic note left by Lucy leads Gus on a quest which draws him out of the tyranny of the material world, to open his perceptions in the most unexpected and awesome ways. By the time Gus discovers that the object of his search is his own self, that self has altered, concluding the film in a mysterious, yet stunning fashion.

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  • Original Title
    The Top of His Head
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Peter Mettler
  • Cinematography
    Tobias Schliessler, Peter Mettler, Gerald Packer
  • Editing
    Peter Mettler, Margaret v.Eerdewijk
  • Music
    Fred Frith, Jane Siberry
  • Sound
    Hans-Peter Strobl, Adrian Croll
  • Runtime
    110 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Canada
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Toronto IFF
    • Edinburgh IFF
    • Vancouver IFF
    • Locarno
  • Awards
    • Silver Plate Award, Figuera da Foz Festival, 1989
    • Most Popular Film (Runner-Up), Vancouver International Film Festival, 1989
    • Official selection, Locarno Film Festival, 1989 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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