United States 2015, 76 min, English, Hebrew subtitles
The “Empire Builder” never sleeps. The longest railroad line in the United States rattles its way from Michigan to Seattle and back, crossing the continent while packed with people lugging their baggage there and back too. The modern version of the Great American Road Trip film features cell phones, computers and cameras, but the nomadic passengers are still the same, searching, wondering, hoping, and fleeing, before they turn back. Their stories have no beginning and no end, just like the clatter of the train.
This last film by Albert Maysles (“Gimme Shelter,” “Grey Gardens”) was made with four other directors, each of whom was responsible for a different part of the train at the same time.
Previous Festivals: IDFA, Silverdocs, Tribeca