In Transit (VIFF Vancity Theatre) @ Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver [from 11 to 17 August]

In Transit (VIFF Vancity Theatre)


17
11 - 17
August
18:40 - 19:50

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Vancouver International Film Festival
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3M7
Intimate, revealing, philosophical, spiced with dollops of whimsy—these are qualities associated with the work of the late, legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter), and his final film (co-directed with Lynn True, Nelson Walker, David Usui and Ben Wu) has them in spades.

The Empire Builder is America’s busiest long-distance train route, running from Chicago to Portland and Seattle. Throughout these corridors sit runaways, adventurers and loners—a myriad of passengers waiting to see what their journey holds. A touching and honest observational film (delayed for release by rights issues), In Transit breathes life into the long commute, and contemplates the unknowns that lie at our final destination. Maysles and co took the return journey three times, and editor Lynn True crafts a thoroughly engaging series of through lines, part by ignoring geography; the train is its own temporal zone, and indeed many of the travelers seem to have selected this mode precisely as a way to gain respite, to stop for a while and reflect on where life is taking them. Cinema can serve the same function, when the films are as good as this one.
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