Pamplona (Spain), 22-27 February 

Peter Lynch

Stranger than fiction

Peter Lynch, Filming the Improbable


On the occasion of the Peter Lynch retrospective presented by Cinematheque Ontario, Peter Wintonick stated that Peter Lynch was “Canada’s most talented documentarian.” The director of The Herd and A Whale of a Tale, however, remains little-known in our country. This might be so because nobody knows very well how to categorise him. Over the last years, Lynch has created a series of weird and obsessive films on the mythological, obscure and savage side of Canada.

Although he might be drawing much of his inspiration from Canada’s documentary tradition, Lynch guides his characters through parody, fantasy, subjective essay, experimental techniques and settings, and –of course– the improbable, creating an archaeology of Canadian obsessions.

One of his best-known films, Project Grizzly (1996), was a source of inspiration to Werner Herzog’s creation of Grizzly Man and to an episode of The Simpsons. Punto de Vista is to show a retrospective embracing almost the whole of Lynch’s filmography.