The idea of a “soul” is one that is hard to discuss in any real scientific way. There are studies that have attempted to prove that humans do have a soul, while faith has given many firm beliefs about what happens to a person’s essence when they die. But in the upcoming film, “Nine Days,” the story focuses on the soul at the beginning of life.
As seen in the trailer for “Nine Days,” the story is a metaphysical look at what unborn souls go through when they are being selected to be put inside an unborn child. They’re given tests and they discuss and debate the ills of the world. All this in a way to decide who is best suited to enter the human realm.
The film stars Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz, Bill Skarsgård, Benedict Wong, Tony Hale, David Rysdahl, and Arianna Ortiz. “Nine Days” is written and directed by Edson Oda. The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it received rave reviews and earned the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.
In our review of the film from Sundance, we said, “ This isn’t just creative. It isn’t just imaginative. ‘Nine Days’ is the sort of original cinematic art that, these days, is few and far between.”
Sony Pictures Classics is set to release “Nine Days” sometime in 2021. Hopefully, sooner rather than later. You can watch the first trailer below.
Here’s the synopsis:
Will (Winston Duke) spends his days in a remote outpost watching the live Point of View (POV) on TV’s of people going about their lives, until one subject perishes, leaving a vacancy for a new life on earth. Soon, several candidates — unborn souls — arrive at Will’s to undergo tests determining their fitness, facing oblivion when they are deemed unsuitable. But Will soon faces his own existential challenge in the form of free-spirited Emma (Zazie Beetz), a candidate who is not like the others, forcing him to turn within and reckon with his own tumultuous past. Fueled by unexpected power, he discovers a bold new path forward in his own life. Making his feature-film debut after a series of highly acclaimed and award-winning short films and music videos, Japanese Brazilian director Edson Oda delivers a heartfelt and meditative vision of human souls in limbo, aching to be born against unimaginable odds, yet hindered by forces beyond their will…