Opens Sep 29, 2017
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, several of which were designed by Eero Saarinen (The Arch, Columbia's own Firestone Baars Chapel). 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. With its naturalistic rhythms and empathy for the complexities of families, debut director Kogonada's Columbus unfolds as a gently drifting, deeply absorbing conversation. With strong supporting turns from Parker Posey, Rory Culkin, and Michelle Forbes, Columbus is also a showcase for its director's striking eye for the way physical space can affect emotions.
"Richardson in particular vaults to the forefront of her generations' actors with this performance, which virtually sings with emotional and intellectual acuity. Few performances, and few films, glow as brightly with the gemlike fire of precocious genius." (Richard Brody, New Yorker)