Part of SFFILM Festival
Imagine a nondescript house in the middle of a wasted landscape where a man named Will (Winston Duke from Us and Black Panther) holds a series of “job interviews” where the job is existence itself. Posed a series of existential questions, two men and two women try to convince this mysterious arbiter that they deserve to be chosen. Profound, visually ravishing, and endlessly imaginative, Edson Oda’s remarkable debut brings a philosophical spirit to the notion that “life is a gift.” Joker‘s Zazie Beetz is a revelation as one of the hopeful applicants.
“At the risk of overselling Edson Oda’s ultra-original, meaning-of-life directorial debut, there’s a big difference between Nine Days and pretty much every other film ever made. You see, most movies are about characters, real or imagined, and the stuff that happens to them, whereas Nine Days is about character itself — as in, the moral dimension that constitutes who a person is, how he or she treats others, and the choices that define us as humans.” –Peter Debruge, Variety
São Paulo native Edson Oda studied advertising at the University of São Paulo and received his MFA in film and production at USC. He wrote and directed spots for Philips, Telefonica, Whirlpool, Johnson & Johnson, Honda, and other advertising clients. He was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for his video for Nevilton’s “Tempos de Maracujá” (2012). His short films include O Nascimento (2009), Malaria (2013), I’m NOT Hitler (2013), and A sensorial ride (2017). Oda’s first feature, Nine Days, won the Sundance Film Festival’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.
“I call it a drama. [Nine Days] is grounded science fiction, in a distant reality. I think thematically it’s about the extremes of life, how it can be so joyful and wonderful and on the flip side, so difficult and challenging. My movie explores both aspects, how it feels to be alive.” -Edson Oda, The Park Record
Director Edson Oda
Producer Jason Michael Berman, Mette-Marie Kongsved, Laura Tunstall, Matthew Lindner, Datari Turner
Writer Edson Oda
Editor Michael Taylor, Jeff Betancourt
Cinematographer Wyatt Garfield
Music Antonio Pinto
Cast Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz, Benedict Wong