Monday, November 6, 2017
Adobe Room in The Lumberyard 7.30pm
Marfa Live Arts presented a screening of "Columbus," a much acclaimed independent feature directed by Kogonada, which debuted at Sundance. The screening was held in the Adobe Room at The Lumberyard at 7.30pm on Monday, November 6.
"Columbus" unfolds as a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, and his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana - a small Midwestern town celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. 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 troubled 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 about grief, loss, and the subtle power of architectural space. With strong supporting turns from Parker Posey, Rory Culkin, and Michelle Forbes, "Columbus" is a showcase for Kogonada's ability to show that physical space can genuinely affect emotions.
Kogonada is a proud Korean immigrant, born in Seoul and raised in the Midwest. He has been noted by Filmmaker Magazine (25 New Faces of Independent Film) and The New Yorker for his visual work and film criticism pieces, commissioned by the Criterion Collection and Sight & Sound. Columbus, Indiana is a city of only 46,000 people, yet The American Institute of Architects ranked it 6th in the nation for architectural innovation and design – right behind Chicago, New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Columbus has over 75 modernist buildings and pieces of public art designed by internationally-noted architects and artists including Eliel Saarinen, Eero Saarinen, Skidmore,Owings & Merrill, Harry Weese, Richard Meier, Robert Venturi, Kevin Roche, I.M. Pei, Cesar Pelli, Robert A.M. Stern, Carlos Jimenez (who designed Marfa's St. George Hotel), James Stewart Polshek and Deborah Berke. Local film producer Susan Kirr grew up in Columbus, and made some introductory remarks about the film.