Best Directorial Debut

Photo: Superlative Films/Depth of Field

Fans of thoughtful film criticism already know Nashville’s own Kogonada from his video essays, which tease out themes and concepts through the poetry of editing — showing rather than telling. Those fans of Kogonada’s critical work were well-prepared for the director’s feature debut Columbus, wherein he utilized to great effect that technique of letting moments live and breathe, actively defying audience expectation to heighten the emotional resonance of the moments shared by its characters. Columbus mutes dialogue, allows shots to linger, and lets realism take the wheel for a quiet film that captivates without overwhelming its own delicate grace. LANCE CONZETT

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