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20th Annual Ebertfest: COLUMBUS
April 20, 2018
Date/Time(s): Friday, April 20, 2018, 12:00pm
Seating: General Admission
Tickets: $15 Standard /$13 Seniors (55 and up)
Add’l per ticket processing fees apply: $1 (online only)
Special guests: Kogonada, director; Andrew Miano, producer; and Ruth Ann Harnisch, EP
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 architecture and many modernist buildings. COLUMBUS is also a showcase for its director’s (Kogonada) striking eye for the way physical space can affect emotions, from reluctance to love.
Sheila O’Malley wrote on rogerebert.com: ‘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. From the very first shot, it’s clear that the buildings will be essential. They are a part of the lives unfolding in their shadows. Sometimes it almost seems like they are listening.’
‘There is a story in Columbus. What is remarkable is how intense it is, given the stillness and quiet of Kogonada’s style, and the focus with which he films the buildings.’
‘Columbus is a movie about the experience of looking, the interior space that opens up when you devote yourself to looking at something, receptive to the messages it might have for you. Movies (the best ones anyway) are the same way. Looking at something in a concentrated way requires a mind-shift. Sometimes it takes time for the work to even reach you, since there’s so much mental ballast in the way. The best directors point to things, saying, in essence: ‘Look.’ I haven’t been able to get Columbus out of my mind.’