When a renowned architecture scholar suddenly falls ill during a speaking tour, his estranged son Jin (John Cho, Star Trek) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana—a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings, which make a beautiful setting for the story.
“A lovely ode to architecture and the people who love it.” – A.A. Dowd, AV Club
Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey (Haley Lu Richardson, The Edge of Seventeen), 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 troubled relationship with his father, and Casey’s reluctance to leave Columbus and her ailing mother. With its naturalistic rhythms and empathy for the complexities of families, debut director Kogonada’s romantic drama unfolds as a gently drifting, deeply absorbing conversation. With strong supporting turns from Parker Posey, Rory Culkin and Michelle Forbes, Columbus is also a treat for architecture buffs and a showcase for its director’s striking eye for the way physical space can affect emotions. (Dir. by Kogonada, 2017, USA, 100 mins., Not Rated)