Columbus is a beguiling and intelligent film about emotions and architecture played out between graduate Casey, an outstanding performance by Haley Lu Richardson and Jin, a pitch-perfect John Cho who has never been more delectable.
Columbus is the feature debut of Asian-American film critic and filmmaker Kogonada. Set in Columbus. Indiana, a mecca of modernist architecture, Kogonada uses buildings not only as backdrops but thematic motifs to negotiate tensions between family and loyalty.
Jin, a visitor from the other side of the world, is stuck in Columbus, where he attends to his sick father. Casey, an aspiring architecture student, has chosen to remain in Columbus to care for her mother - a recovering addict. These two lost and troubled souls find each other through their exploration of the town, its buildings and their conflicted emotions on family and the ties that bind them.
This screening is a BEATS Cinema presentation in conjunction with BFI and Cinema for All. BEATS is a not-for-profit organisation founded by British East Asians working in Theatre and across the Screen industry that seeks to increase the visibility of East Asians in popular culture.