Kogonada’s miraculous debut feature is one of the finest films of 2017.
In the miraculous debut feature from director Kogonada, we are treated to a Midwestern “Before Sunrise” by way of Ozu. When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana – a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), 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. (2017, Kogonada, US, 100 min, NR, DCP)
“The quietly stirring, exquisitely photographed Columbus is an art-house gem that beautifully illuminates not only the architecture of a small Indiana town, but also the characters that inhabit it.” -San Francisco Chronicle
“What’s remarkable about this wondrously assured debut is that technique never overwhelms feeling, in part because Kogonada makes the two seem inextricably, harmoniously linked.” –Los Angeles Times
“A gentle but sharply defined story, brimming with grace, compassion and performances of perfect naturalism, it is unashamedly intellectual yet deeply human.” -The Playlist
“Columbus is a feast for the eyes, but its more lasting impression is on the heart.” -Indiewire