Dir: Kogonada, USA, 2017, 104 mins, Cert: 18 (TBA)
Wed 28 February // 20:00
Thu 1 March // 20:00
Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession)
After his lecturer father is taken ill, Jin (John Cho) heads to Columbus, Indiana, the modernist architecture capital of America.
Jin encounters Casey, a library assistant. She’s a smart cookie brimming with ideas and potential in a town too small to contain them, but stymied by a co-dependent relationship with her mother. Their blossoming friendship is the foundation of this intelligent drama that considers the limits of what we owe to our families.
Those familiar with director Kogonada’s video essay work on Ozu will not be surprised by his formal and thematic affinity with that master – every corridor is meticulously framed. Another influence is Hal Hartley, particularly in the hyper-articulate, off-kilter dialogue. Ultimately, the film offers a perspective entirely its own, making the case for the emotional power of architecture.
This is stylish, intellectually ambitious cinema, with the added thrill of seeing Parker Posey speaking Korean. (Kate Taylor, London Film Festival)
"a feast for the eyes, but its more lasting impression is on the heart." (A-), Kate Erbland, Indiewire
"Few performances—and few films—glow as brightly with the gemlike fire of precocious genius." Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"a strikingly distinctive film, and one of the best American debuts in ages."Jonathan Romney, Film Comment
"a subtle, deeply humanist first feature from director Kogonada" ***** Josh Slater-Williams, The Skinny
"brimming with grace, compassion and performances of perfect naturalism, it is unashamedly intellectual yet deeply human" (A) Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
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