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Run Time: 
100 mins
John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey

Wonderfully acted and artfully composed, Columbus balances the clean lines of architecture against the messiness of love, with tenderly moving results. When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana - a small Midwestern city 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 mother.

“The quietly stirring, exquisitely photographed ‘Columbus’ is an art-house gem that beautifully illuminates not only the architecture of a small Indiana town, but also the characters that inhabit it.” - San Francisco Chronicle

“The hypnotically paced drama carried by the serendipitous odd-couple pairing of John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson is lovely and tender, marking Kogonada as an auteur to watch.” - Variety

“’Columbus is a feast for the eyes, but its more lasting impression is on the heart.” - Indiewire

“A gentle but sharply defined story, brimming with grace, compassion and performances of perfect naturalism, it is unashamedly intellectual yet deeply human.” - The Playlist

“The existence of a debut as confident and allusive as Columbus is almost as improbable as the existence of Columbus, Ind., where the movie is set.” - The New York Times

“The drama is a realistic and methodical meditation on family obligation, personal sacrifice and — of course — the power of architecture. That makes Columbus as lovely to look at as it is to ponder.” - The Washington Post

“Watching the film is almost like feeling the muscles in your eyes shift, as you look up from reading a book to stare out at the ocean.” -

“Delicate business is being transacted in Columbus, a whisper-soft debut from Kogonada that nonetheless results in something unique and unforgettable. It's pure cinema.” - Rolling Stone