RIFF 2017 FILM BLOCK #2
FILM BLOCK #2:
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
3:00PM - 5:00PM
*Premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2017*
Feature Narrative | Runtime: 1:43:59
Country of Origin: California, USA
Language: English / Korean
Synopsis: When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho, Harold & Kumar, Star Trek Series) 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, Split, The Edge of Seventeen), 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.
Director | Writer: Kogonada
This is the feature directorial debut of Korean-born video essayist, Kogonada, who has been noted by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the “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.
Producers: Andrew Miano, Aaron Boyd, Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Chris Weitz, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim
"Cup of Tea"
Short Narrative | Runtime: 03:12
Country of Origin: India
Synopsis: ‘Cup Of Tea’ is a short film about the potential we all have to change someone else’s life, and while you’re doing that, might as well change it for the better.
Director | Writer | Producer: Jitendra Rai
Given his decade of work with theatre legend Makarand Deshpande, Jitendra has built an excellent reputation in the theatre community in Mumbai. He has worked extensively with NGOs that are related to children’s issues. He is highly active in conducting theatre workshops with children in Aseema Charitable (NGO), Dhai Akshar (NGO), Blind Association Center etc. He has worked as an assistant director and casting director on films like Stanley Ka Dabba , Hawaa Hawaai (with Amol Gupte) and Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (with Vishal Bhardwaj). He is a gifted visualizer and has written many films, of which ‘Cup Of Tea’ is very close to his heart.
FEATURE FILM: "COLUMBUS"
directed by Kogonada (California, USA)
Preceded by Short Film:
"Cup of Tea" directed by Jitendra Rai (India)
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