Runtime: 100 minutes
Directed by Kogonada
Starring: John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey
Rated 97% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!
Our “Staff Pic” of the Month for November 2017!
The November 12 screening is part of our Sunday Perspectives Monthly Film Discussion series. After the film, stay to discuss the themes of Columbus with fellow moviegoers!
Synopsis: When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana — a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey, a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin’s estranged relationship with his father, and Casey’s reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother. With its naturalistic rhythms and empathy for the complexities of families, debut director Kogonada’s Columbus unfolds as a gently drifting, deeply absorbing conversation.
Kogonada in his impressive feature debut applies the principles of these architects to the compositions and structure of the film, a formal tour-de-force that eclipses its modest — though affecting and impeccably acted — narrative. -Boston Globe
Each shot is meticulously composed without appearing mannered; the characters, often seen from a distance, make up an integral part of the landscape they occupy rather than being framed picturesquely against it. -Slate
Something not merely impressive, but in every respect a surprise. -Village Voice