He Thought He Died

  • Canada| 2023| English| 71'| Colour
  • Director: Isiah Medina
  • Producer: Kelley Dong, Isiah Medina, Andrei Pora
  • Screenplay: Isiah Medina
  • DoP: Kelley Dong, Isiah Medina
  • Editor: Isiah Medina
  • Cast: Kelley Dong, Alexandre Galmard, Andilib Khan, Isiah Medina, Myles Taylor


Toronto International Film Festival, 2023
São Paulo International Film Festival, 2023

Synopsis: Isiah Medina’s sly, perspicacious fourth feature, He Thought He Died is a fragmentary fiction staring co-producer and co-cinematographer Kelley Dong as a filmmaker conducting research in a museum vault, while an unnamed painter (Medina) plots a heist to steal back his work from the same space. Throughout, the narrative is interwoven with sequences probing the central questions of art, aesthetics, ideological structures, and commerce, here given form in philosophical exchanges, observational passages of artistic creation, exuberant bursts of music, and more.

Directors Bio: Isiah Medina makes films with his company Quantity Cinema. He started filmmaking at the age of 11. His most recent features, Night is Limpid and He Thought He Died, continue his interrogation of Canada’s relation to Europe and America, cinema’s relation to other artistic mediums such as painting and music, and the question of what it means to be an artist in the 21st century. Isiah Medina has been described by Jeonju IFF lead programmer Sung Moon as “Canada’s most secretive and astonishing director.” His films have played at various leading International Film Festivals

Sales Agent: Quantity Cinema

Experimental | Avant Garde | Crime
Asia Premiere

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