A quiet Midwestern town about an hour’s drive from Indianapolis, Columbus, Indiana is home to a surprisingly large concentration of modernist architectural masterpieces. From the mid 1940s on, architects like Eliel and Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, Robert Venturi, Susana Torre, Kevin Roche, Deborah Berke, and others were commissioned to design its banks, churches, houses, schools, and other civic buildings. These iconic structures along with the town itself are the backdrop for Columbus—a drama by filmmaker Kogonoda with a plot that allows the town’s architecture to become the focal point. A young Korean translator named Jin arrives in Columbus from Seoul after his father, a well-known architectural historian invited to lecture there, becomes hospitalized. Jin’s developing involvement with Casey, a local young woman of blue-collar background, form the crux of this beautifully realized meditation on home and community. “Every image is rich in striking, supple through lines and prisms, which are often made asymmetrical by the placing of human characters in the frame, celebrating the unlikely wealth of art that abounds in this town, capable of being beholden by citizens of all walks of life, as well as the distance from life that art can both obfuscate and crystallize”—Chuck Bowen. Sponsored by Black Stanley Studio. (Kogonada, 2017, USA, 104 minutes)
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