How the Pandemic and Black Lives Matter Led the Director of ‘Nine Days’ to Rethink His Own Film

How the Pandemic and Black Lives Matter Led the Director of ‘Nine Days’ to Rethink His Own Film
When Japanese-Brazilian filmmaker Edson Oda arrived at Sundance 2020 with his feature directorial debut “Nine Days,” an immersive film concerning isolation and mortality, he didn’t know how closely our reality would soon match his fable.

A few weeks following the festival, when the world closed down and the terrors of the pandemic took hold, many movies were seen as reflective of pandemic-era anxieties, from “Palm Springs” to “She Dies Tomorrow.” Yet only “Nine Days” spoke to two aspects of the cultural zeitgeist — quarantine and Black Lives Matter — with such striking prescience.

The film, which premiered at Sundance in 2020, comes out at a time of tremendous fragility for many Americans. And Oda’s work will provide them with a potent opportunity to process this moment of unprecedented psychological uneasiness.

“It’s been a time for self-discovery for a lot of people,” Oda said in an interview this month. “Everything they went through,
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