Architecture plays a prominent role in Columbus, a subtle character study. The feature-film debut by acknowledged video essayist Kogonada is set in Columbus, Indiana, the Mecca of Modernist architecture.
Recent nineteen-year-old graduate Casey has given up her dreams in order to care for her mother, who is recovering from an addiction to meth and bad men. Then she runs into thirty-three-year-old Jin, an architect’s son born in Korea who has become a translator and come here because his father is in a coma. As everyday life carries on Casey and Jin tentatively start to open up to one another. In playful, intelligent and ever more serious discussions they start to examine how their lives have become stuck.
“With sushi, every cut matters. And so do the ingredients. Those two ongoing choices are the difference. What you select, and how you cut it. I think the same applies to the pieces I’m trying to make.” (Kogonada)
Born in Seoul, South Korea. Moved to the United States as a child, and became famous for his video essays about the work of well-known directors like Vince Gilligan and Stanley Kubrick. He also regularly contributes to the Sight & Sound magazine. Columbus marks his feature-film debut.