(Bill Ross, Turner Ross, USA, 2009, DigiBeta, 93 min)
An elegiac portrait of goings-on in the middle-American town of Sydney, Ohio, 45365 is a celebration of everyday life, mundane and profound. Directors Bill and Ross Turner, using images of their hometown, construct perhaps the world's first rural symphony, a patient, inquisitive and non-judgmental study of community, lives and landscape. The result is a beautifully simple and affecting film, one that is astute and artistic, and at times reminiscent of a William Eggleston photograph or an Edward Hopper painting. A sense of nostalgia naturally emanates from 45365 as a cinematic tribute to home. But so does a sense of the honesty and integrity of its clear-eyed chroniclers, who lift this little town up and out of the Ohio Valley, locating it firmly on the big blue globe.
Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival.
“Meticulously balancing cinema-verite intimacy and dreamlike reverie, 45365 fashions a seductive, fascinating tapestry of small-town.” —Variety