ELLE Man (Canada) - - CULTURE -

For­get cookie-cut­ter cin­ema: This 24-year-old Win­nipeg na­tive has sub­ver­sive ideas and un­der­iva­tive opin­ions to spare. His di­aris­tic ex­per­i­men­tal de­but, 88:88, which pre­miered at the pres­ti­gious Film Fes­ti­val Lo­carno in Switzer­land this year, ad­dresses the re­al­ity of peo­ple liv­ing in poverty, sus­pended in time, through the vis­ual mo­tif of clocks flash­ing “88:88.” Ever since he came across Dante’s Di­vine Com­edy when he was a pre­co­cious fifth grader, Medina has been in­ter­ested in art that is po­et­i­cally and po­lit­i­cally en­gaged. He finds his great­est in­spi­ra­tion in philoso­phers such as Plato, Descartes and Hegel. “Socrates was killed for cor­rupt­ing youth, and I think it’s im­por­tant for movies to cor­rupt

youth too,” he muses. “Be­cause that’s what a true idea is able to do.”

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