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Sony Pictures Classics has released the trailer for its upcoming fantasy feature, Nine Days.
The trailer introduces Winston Duke as Will, a reclusive man who spends his days in a remote outpost watching live Point of View on televisions of people living their lives until a vacancy for a new life on earth becomes available. Will then sets out to conduct interviews with others for a chance to be born.
“You are being considered for the amazing opportunity of life,” he says.
Candidates portrayed by Zazie Beetz, Benedict Wong, Bill Skarsgard, Tony Hale, Arianna Ortiz and David Rysdahl arrive at Will’s to undergo tests that assess each of them (a nine day process) with the victor being rewarded the opportunity to become a newborn in the real world, whereas the others will no longer exist.
“If you are selected, you will have the chance to be born in a fruitful environment where you can grow, develop and accomplish,” Duke’s Will tells them.
Through their tests, each of the potential victors’ senses are assured to “become unbearably sharper and stronger,” but the journey won’t be easy.
“Every single day someone hurts someone else. Every single day someone takes someone else’s life,” Skarsgard reflects, whereas Beetz questions, “why are you focusing on that?”
With Nine Days, Japanese Brazilian writer- director Edson Oda makes his feature-film debut with Spike Jonze joining as executive producer.
“Edson is a special human with a special mind and heart. And Nine Days is a film that comes straight from within him and therefore is special in the exact same way. Delicate and deep, like the man himself,” said Jonze.
“Spike Jonze has been one of the biggest influences in my life as a filmmaker. His work, which made me see pictures in motion with new eyes—inspired me to pursue this career, and constantly encourages me to tell my own stories in the most human, personal and heartful way I can,” said Oda. “I am so honored and humbled to have him involved with Nine Days, it really means the world to me.”
The film, which made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, will be released in theaters in early 2021. Additionally, Sony Pictures Classics has also acquired the rights in Asia, Israel, Turkey and Europe, making the film a worldwide Sony Pictures Classics release.
The film will also be seen at the Hamptons Film Festival and AFI Fest. The film won the Waldo Salt screenwriting award at Sundance.
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