Tuesday, 13 April 2010
"Utterly gorgeous, suggesting a Terrence Malick movie set in the real world" Indiewire
"A seductive, fascinating tapestry of small-town life" Variety Magazine
"An achingly beautiful film" Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will be screening the Australian premiere of brothers Bill and Turner Ross's feature filmmaking debut 45365 (2009) as part of its First Look program this June.
Fresh from an award-winning tour of the International Film Festival circuit, including a Grand Jury Prize win at the SXSW Film Festival in 2009, 45365 offers an immersive portrait of Sidney, Ohio (USA) and takes its title from the town's postcode. Charting the ebb and flow of the town and its citizens - from the local fair to the county courtroom, it takes the audience on a dreamlike journey through the Midwestern psyche and landscapes.
Film Programmer Kristy Matheson describes 45365 as an exciting discovery for ACMI audiences "45365 aligns itself with a great tradition of American vérité filmmaking; it is pointedly observant but in no way intrusive. A loving portrait of a hometown, it offers viewers the space and time to absorb and draw personal conclusions and in doing so the film makes its comment on the state of the American Midwest and its citizens."
"Beautifully shot and making excellent use of music and thoughtful editing, 45365 has a gentle assuredness that is over and above filmmakers who are only at the start of their feature film careers."
Filmed over nine months and rarely devoting more than a few minutes to any single subject at a time 45365 captures the events of Sidney, a town of just over 20,000 in population. Everyday moments are immortalised with a slow moving camera lens and with a simple naturalistic style. The local residents appear in various settings - a barber shop, a football game, the country fair as well as in their own homes. The film's observational feel is emphasised through the avoidance of traditional face-to-camera interviews. Though some narratives emerge through the accumulation of small details, it is largely left to the audience to make connections and draw conclusions from this fly on the wall documentary.
45365 is Bill Ross IV first feature film after making a series of short movies and first working alongside his brother Turner, who also makes his directing debut after working in the art departments of various films. The brothers grew up in Sidney and their familiarity with its people and their way of life is evident in their affectionate portrait of middle America.
45365 plays as part of ACMI's First Look program from Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 June.
For sessions details please visit: http://www.acmi.net.au/
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