Architecture on Film: Columbus

In the unlikely Midwestern ‘Mecca of Modernism’, Columbus, Indiana, a pair seek respite in each other and the architecture that surrounds them. A delicate and stunning first feature, from Kogonada.


06:30pm, Thursday, 24 May 2018


08:30pm, Thursday, 24 May 2018


Cinema 1
Barbican Centre, Level -2
Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS



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A delicate coming of age story set in the small and unlikely Midwestern ‘Modernist Mecca’ of Columbus, Indiana. In celebrated video essayist and film critic Kogonada’s acclaimed debut feature, local girl Casey (Haley Lu Richardson) – an ‘architecture nerd’ at a personal crossroads – meets visitor Jin (John Cho) – a translator estranged from his dying architect father. Burdened by the future, they seek respite in both each another and the architecture that surrounds them.

“How do you make a ravishing romance about architecture? You'll find the answer with Kogonada, whose debut feature, Columbus, is a spellbinder.”
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

As Casey and Jin take in buildings by Eero Saarinen, I. M. Pei, Robert A.M. Stern and Deborah Berke, Kogonada’s meticulous compositional eye – refined through previous visual essays on Yasujirō Ozu’s passages or Stanley Kubrik’s use of perspective – creates a film of formal equivalence to the stately mid-century masterworks it engages as its backdrop and co-protagonists. In so doing, the film’s cinematography, characters and remarkable architectural setting enter into an intimate dialogue, finding conflicts between roots and ambition, dreams and responsibilities, mirrored in both the film’s protagonists and Columbus’ living museum of 20th century Modern architecture.

“Architecture and cinema are a really interesting pair of art forms. The marriage of the two is inescapable. I think of cinema as the art of time. Architecture is the art of space. It also constructs our sense of emptiness. It makes us see nothingness and absence in a way that, without it, is almost invisible to us. Once I discovered the architecture in Columbus, I deeply wanted it to be a part of the first film that I made.”

- Kogonada

Kogonada takes us on a guided emotional and architectural tour; a journey encompassing the implications of learning to see. A film of psychological and aesthetic sensitivity, full of visual and metaphorical symmetries, engaging stunning cinema, remarkable design and delicate storytelling to negotiate the meeting of form and feeling.

USA, 2017, Kogonada, 100 mins