11/24/2017 17:30 – Murnau-Filmtheater
United States 2017 104 min original version
Script: Kogonada, DoP: Elisha Christian, Editor: Kogonada, Production: Superlative Films, Depth of Field, Producers: Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Aaron Boyd, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Chris Weitz, Cast: John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Rory Culkin, Michelle Forbes, Parker Posey
Casey lives with her mother in a little-known Midwestern town haunted by the promise of modernism. Jin, a visitor from the other side of the world, attends to his dying father. Burdened by the future, they find respite in one another and the architecture that surrounds them. The film was shot in Columbus, the “Midwest Mecca of Architecture”, which is the canvas for the stunning debut of Kogonada.
“Kogonada places their human figures against striking man-made backdrops with extreme care. He chooses his angles meticulously. There isn’t an uninteresting shot in the whole thing. Shots repeat. Alleyways, sculptures, doorways, glass walls, the clocktower with the asymmetrical clockface, the church with the asymmetrical cross (…); we go back to them again and again, Kogonada giving us time to contemplate them, to sink into them. (…) The depth of emotion the film stirred up surprised me. I got so involved in these two people’s lives. I cared about them. I liked eavesdropping on their conversations.” (RobertBert.com)
Kogonada is a proud immigrant, born in Seoul, Korea and raised in the Midwest. He has been noted by Filmmaker Magazine (25 New Faces of Independent Film) and The New Yorker for his visual work and film criticism commissioned by the Criterion Collection and Sight & Sound. He currently resides in Nashville with his wife and two sons. This is his directorial feature debut. To see Kogonada’s work, please visit: www.kogonada.com.