Modernism at the Movies ACMI and Open House Melbourne presents


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“Thoughtful and quietly masterful”

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.

With its naturalistic rhythms and empathy for the complexities of families, debut director Kogonada's Columbus unfolds as a gently drifting, deeply absorbing conversation. With strong supporting turns from Parker Posey, Rory Culkin, and Michelle Forbes, Columbus is also a showcase for its director's striking eye for the way physical space can affect emotions.

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Special Guest introductions

Sunday 8 July -  will be introduced by Melbourne-based critic Anthony Carew who has written the review column Film Carew since 2002, and hosted radio program The International Pop Underground on 3RRR FM since 2000.

Saturday 28 July - will be introduced by Eloise Ross who is an academic and writer, and co-curator of the Melbourne Cinémathèque. She currently lectures in Film & Television at Swinburne University.