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John Cho discussing scene on courthouse square, Columbus - photo by Mike Wolanin, The Republic

John Cho discussing a scene set at the Courthouse Square, Columbus
Photo by Mike Wolanin, The Republic newspaper

John Cho on set, shooting Columbus, the movie, at North Christian Church
hn Cho at Miller House and Garden, Columbus, Indiana

This is it, the city and the setting for the Kogonada movie, “Columbus”!

Kogonada and John Cho at Miller House
NYTimes movie review

John Cho talks about “Columbus”
on Late Night 
with Seth Meyers

REVIEWS AND ARTICLES

“As a movie about intimacy Columbus is a masterpiece. The architecture of Columbus, Indiana, and the architecture of this film achieve a harmony rare in contemporary cinema.”

“Richardson in particular vaults to the forefront of her generation’s actors with this performance, which virtually sings with emotional and intellectual acuity.”

“Kogonada takes us on a tour of Columbus and all of its glorious, beautiful, occasionally surreal architecture, from the Columbus Learning Center to the Second Street Suspension Bridge.”

Columbus movie wins Best Feature Film and Haley Lu Richardson wins Best Actress awards at Valetta Film Festival in Malta.

“Richardson plays a recent high school grad named Casey who befriends Jin (played by John Cho), a visitor to Casey’s hometown of Columbus, Indiana. In real life, the city has a massive amount of modernist architecture and public art, setting a gorgeous backdrop for the characters’ heavy conversations. Columbus is, according to Richardson, ‘the most fulfilling role I’ve ever done.’”

“Those who appreciate ‘Columbus’ will likely take it to heart. The relationships between each of the characters are imbued with warmth and humanity, and the filmmaking — like the city’s structures designed by the likes of Eero Saarinen and I.M. Pei — is simply gorgeous.”

“Kogonada’s work never feels overly stylized. He is merely finding the best angles on his backdrops, like a painter finding the best size canvas for what he wants to convey. It reminds one how few filmmakers even consider the canvas… Columbus is a Remarkable film.”

“And now for something completely different, a pleasantly eccentric film that’s the feature debut of visual artist Kogonada. Set in ‘the Athens of the Prairie,’ Columbus, Ind., the unlikely site of a trove of modern architecture, its impeccably composed shots of stunning buildings are as much of a lure as its deliberately paced story.”

“A midwestern town to its core, Columbus is graced with architecture by neofuturist Eero Saarinen and I.M. Pei protege James Stewart Polshek. The results are structures that are both beautiful and invisible: They’re massive pieces of art, but people regularly pass by or enter them without noticing. And if you look deeply at them, they morph into marvels of negative space. That reveals how nothingness blots out so much of what there is to experience in our world, a distinctly non-Western concept.”

More photos…

John Cho in downtown Columbus - photo by Mike Wolanin, The Republic Newspaper

John Cho in downtown Columbus – photo by Mike Wolanin, The Republic Newspaper

Parker Posey and Haley Lu Richardson with Mayor Jim Lienhoop

Parker Posey with Mayor of Columbus, Jim Lienhoop, at Sundance (Left to right > Pam Lienhoop, Mayor Jim Lienhoop, Parker Posey, Haley Lu Richardson, Forrest Richardson)

Preparing a scene for %22Columbus%22 in downtown Columbus

Preparing to shoot a scene in downtown Columbus

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“It is block after block of just fascinating buildings … It is a kind of wondrous place. It is a bit of an emerald city.”

  • “Columbus” star John Cho, speaking at Sundance

“Imagine an American-indie remake of an Apichatpong Weerasethakul film, and you’ll get part of the way to picturing what filmmaker Kogonada has accomplished with his feature debut. | A film about people in limbo, Columbus derives a lot of its power from its environment, Kogonada utilizing buildings and landscape to suggest lives dwarfed by circumstance and destiny. That description might make Columbus sound ponderous, but this light drama has a soft center as Jin and Casey try to figure out themselves. | Not quite a love story—more like a film about an accidental friendship—Columbus speaks softly but resonates loudly.” —Tim Grierson

  • From The 20 Best Films of Sundance 2017 – see the original at Paste magazine

“Columbus” is one of the rare films in which nerdy intelligence—knowledge without experience—comes off without neurosis, comedic awkwardness, or vengeance.