NINE DAYS New Auteurs


Following the film, AFI FEST Senior Programmer Claudia Puig leads a conversation between filmmaker Edson Oda and actors Zazie Beetz and Winston Duke.

What if you had just a little over a week to persuade an enigmatic gatekeeper to allow you to be born? How would you proceed? Winston Duke plays the cryptic and somber Will, the figure in charge of selecting the right soul for life on Earth. Will interviews several prospective candidates, aided by his more light-hearted colleague Kyo, played by Benedict Wong. As one soul dies, another takes its place. But the choice of who makes the cut is fraught. The unborn — personifications of human souls — must demonstrate why they deserve life. One applicant, played by Zazie Beetz, challenges Will in unexpected ways. A beautifully crafted, heartfelt sci-fi film that explores the existential, NINE DAYS marks the directorial debut of Edson Oda. An innovative concept thoughtfully plotted, this metaphysical tale is at once artistic, thought-provoking and life-affirming. –Claudia Puig

Edson Oda is a Japanese-Brazilian writer/director. He graduated from the University of São Paulo (Bachelor’s in advertising) and the University of Southern California (MFA in film and production). Oda wrote, directed, and supervised projects for multiple large companies. He’s a Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab alumnus.


Country: USA

Year: 2020

Director: Edson Oda

Screenwriter: Edson Oda

Producers: Laura Tunstall, Matthew Lindner, Datari Turner, Jason Michael Berman, Mette-Marie Kongsved

Executive Producers: Charles D. King, Kim Roth, Gus Deardoff, Kellon Akeem, Yandy Smith, Renee Frigo

Director of Photography: Wyatt Garfield

Editors: Michael Taylor, Jeff Betancourt

Production Designer: Dan Hermansen

Music: Antonio Pinto

Cast/Featuring: Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz, Benedict Wong, Tony Hale, Bill Skarsgård, David Rysdahl

Running Time (minutes): 124

Language: English