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Protagonist picks up Sundance drama ‘Nine Days’ ahead of Efm (exclusive)

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Protagonist picks up Sundance drama ‘Nine Days’ ahead of Efm (exclusive)
Cast includes Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz and Bill Skarsgard.

Protagonist Pictures has taken international sales rights to metaphysical drama Nine Days and will launch sales at the Efm in Berlin this week.

The film stars Winston Duke (Us) as a reclusive man in a distant reality who interviews prospective human souls for the privilege to be born. The cast also includes Zazie Beetz, Benedict Wong, Bill Skarsgard and Tony Hale.

It marks the feature debut of Edson Oda, a Japanese Brazilian writer-director based in Los Angeles.

The film received its world premiere in the Us Dramatic Competition stand at Sundance last month,
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Zazie Beetz drama 'Still Here' heads to Efm with Blue Fox International (exclusive)

Drama shot entirely in New York and is currently in post-production.

Blue Fox Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to the crime thriller Still Here with a cast that includes rising star Zazie Beetz from Joker and recent Sundance premiere Nine Days, Johnny Whitworth, and Maurice McRae.

The Blue Fox team will launch sales in Berlin on the Atelier 44 production about a man who enlists the help of a journalist to find his missing daughter. Afton Williamson and Larry Pine round out the key cast and Vlad Feier directs.

Still Here shot entirely in New York and is currently in post-production.
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Director Edson Oda on How His Uncle’s Death Inspired ‘Nine Days’ (Video)

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Director Edson Oda on How His Uncle’s Death Inspired ‘Nine Days’ (Video)
Edson Oda, a Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab alumnus who makes his feature directing debut with “Nine Days,” dropped by TheWrap Studio at Sundance with his cast to discuss the inspiration for his film — a drama with supernatural and spiritual elements. “The inspiration, especially for the main character, is my uncle,” revealed Oda.

“When he was 50, he committed suicide. He was such a talented and very sensitive person and I remember that time, it’s almost like we forgot everything that he’s done so far,” added Oda. “Everyone who heard the news is focused so much on when he took his life and it was very impactful for me in trying to understand what he went through.”

“When I was writing ‘Nine Days’ I was pretty much trying to reconnect with my uncle, and at same time … instead of judging him through what he did … trying to see the life that he lived,
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SXSW 2020 Announces More Feature Film Additions, Including Robust Midnight Slate and Sundance Hits

SXSW 2020 Announces More Feature Film Additions, Including Robust Midnight Slate and Sundance Hits
After unveiling its first lineup of feature film offerings last month, the SXSW Film Festival is rolling out more additions to its 2020 program. The annual Texas festival has already announced its features and episodic premieres, and now those picks are joined by Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts, and Special Events, plus late-addition features and the full list of Episodic Pilot Competition shows.

This year’s program has 135 Feature Films, including 99 world premieres, nine North American premieres, five U.S. Premieres, 75 films from first-time filmmakers, and 119 short films. The lineup also features music videos, episodic premieres, pilots, special events, and Vr projects.

Today’s announcement sees additions to nearly every section of the feature film lineup, including the popular Midnighters section. Standouts include there Shana Feste’s “Run Sweetheart Run” and Natalie Erick James’ “Relic,” both of which premiered at Sundance in January, along with the U.S. premiere of Keith Thomas
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Sundance 2020 Put the Spotlight on Diversity and Promising Young Women

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Sundance 2020 Put the Spotlight on Diversity and Promising Young Women
Andy Samberg time-loop comedy “Palm Springs” broke sales records (by the cheeky sum of 69¢), and “Taylor Swift: Miss Americana” inspired a mini mob scene at an otherwise star-starved Sundance. But in the end, the film that defined the 2020 edition of America’s most important indie-movie showcase was a #MeToo revenge thriller called “Promising Young Woman.”

If every film festival falls somewhere along a spectrum that ranges from progressive to staunchly stuck-in-its-ways, Sundance stands for positive change, especially on the representation and inclusion front. Perhaps it’s easier for the Utah-based fest to champion relatively marginalized talents, since the program favors new voices over established auteurs, but Sundance outdid itself this year, filling out one of its strongest lineups in memory with a diversity of voices, approaches and characters.

While Swift was sucking up most of the oxygen on opening night, half a dozen other films demonstrated what the 11-day
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“A Very Fine Line Between Realism and Surrealism”: Dp Wyatt Garfield on Nine Days

In Edson Oda’s Nine Days, five personified souls outside of the realm of our reality compete for the opportunity to be born on Earth. A man named Will (Winston Duke), who once experienced being born, judges the competitors over the course of nine days—only one will be allowed to continue their existence, while the other four will cease to exist. Cinematographer Wyatt Garfield details the unique cinematic language of Nine Days for Filmmaker. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the cinematographer of your film? What were the factors and attributes that led to your being hired for […]
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“A Very Fine Line Between Realism and Surrealism”: Dp Wyatt Garfield on Nine Days

In Edson Oda’s Nine Days, five personified souls outside of the realm of our reality compete for the opportunity to be born on Earth. A man named Will (Winston Duke), who once experienced being born, judges the competitors over the course of nine days—only one will be allowed to continue their existence, while the other four will cease to exist. Cinematographer Wyatt Garfield details the unique cinematic language of Nine Days for Filmmaker. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the cinematographer of your film? What were the factors and attributes that led to your being hired for […]
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Critics Survey: Sundance 2020’s Best Movies According to 187 Film Journalists

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Critics Survey: Sundance 2020’s Best Movies According to 187 Film Journalists
This year’s Sundance buzz was difficult to parse, with a range of movies pleasing various contingencies at the festival, but one breakout pleased critics and jurors alike. Director Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari,” the 1980s-set tale of a Korean-American family struggling with their new life in rural Arkansas, topped IndieWire’s annual critics poll just days after the movie won Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize.

A record 187 accredited critics and journalists participated in the survey, with results showcasing many of the most acclaimed titles at the festival. Kirsten Johnson’s “Dick Johnson Is Dead” won Best Documentary with 25.8% of all participants casting a vote for it, while “Minari” dominated Best Film with 31.2%. The runner-up in the Best Film category, the Carey Mulligan drama “Promising Young Woman,” topped the Best First Feature category with 17% of the vote.

Minari” was the consensus choice at this year’s Sundance for many audiences.
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Sundance Review: Nine Days is a Provocative Yet Exhausting Sci-Fi Drama

The existential quandaries of death and what may happen after our final breath is the subject of countless films, including a stand-out here at Sundance. But what if it’s not the endgame we should be worried about, but rather how we were born in the first place? No, Nine Days is not about the act of conception and pregnancy. This sci-fi film, from first-time director Edson Oda, rather imagines a process before that, in which a higher power must decide between a selection of candidates to pick a single soul to be born. In what is the highest-stakes competition known to humanity, the rest have just nine days to “live” in this in-between world before they disappear into the ether, never to return again. Riffing on Hirokazu Kore-eda’s masterful After Life in a reverse sort of way as well as Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry (if they were
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Sundance 2020. Awards

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MinariU.S. – DRAMATICGrand Jury PrizeMinari (Lee Isaac Chung)Directing PrizeRadha Blank (The 40-Year-Old Version) Audience Award Minari (Lee Isaac Chung) Special Jury Award for Ensemble CastCharm City Kings (Angel Manuel Soto) Special Jury Award for Auteur FilmmakingShirley (Josephine Decker)Special Jury Award for Neo-RealismNever Rarely Sometimes Always (Eliza Hittman)Waldo Salt Screenwriting AwardEdson Oda (Nine Days)U.S. – DOCUMENTARYGrand Jury Prize Boys State (Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine) Directing Prize Garrett Bradley (Time) Audience Award Crip Camp (Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht)Special Jury Award for EditingTyler H. Walk (Welcome to Chechnya)Special Jury Award for Innovation in Non-fiction StorytellingDick Johnson Is Dead (Kirsten Johnson)Special Jury Award for Emerging FilmmakerFeels Good Man (Arthur Jones)Special Jury Award for Social Impact FilmmakingThe FightWorld Cinema – DRAMATICGrand Jury Prize Yalda, A Night For Forgiveness (Massoud Bakhshi) Directing Prize Maïmouna Doucouré (Cuties) Audience Award Identifying Features (Fernanda Valadez)Special Jury Award for
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Mexican drama ‘Identifying Features’ double winner at Sundance 2020

World Cinema Dramatic entries Surge, Cuties among winners.

Mexican missing persons drama Identifying Features has won the World Cinema Dramatic audience award and the section’s juried screenplay prize for director Fernanda Valadez and co-writer Astrid Rondero at the Sundance awards ceremony.

Saturday’s (February 1) event in Park City, Utah, also honoured the UK’s Ben Whishaw with the World Cinema Dramatic special jury award for acting for Aneil Karia’s Surge, which Protagonist Pictures sells internationally, while Cuties on the Netflix slate from director Maïmouna Doucouré won the World Cinema Dramatic directing award.

Kino Lorber acquired North American rights
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‘Minari,’ ‘Boys State’ Win Sundance Film Festival’s Top Jury Awards

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‘Minari,’ ‘Boys State’ Win Sundance Film Festival’s Top Jury Awards
The narrative feature “Minari” and the documentary “Boys State” have won the top prizes from the U.S. jury at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, which announced its winners at an awards ceremony on Saturday night. “Minari,” director Lee Isaac Chung’s coming-of-age story about a Korean-American boy, also won the festival’s audience award.

The only other films to win more than one award were “Identifying Features” (“Sin Senas Particulares”), Fernanda Valadez’s drama about a Mexican woman searching for a son who disappeared while attempting to cross the border; and “I Carry You With Me,” in which documentary director Heidi Ewing makes her narrative feature debut about an aspiring Mexican chef whose life changes when his sexuality becomes public. “Identifying Features” won the audience award in the World Cinema Dramatic section and a jury award for its screenplay, while “I Carry You With Me” won the audience award in
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Sundance Film Festival Awards: ‘Minari’ Scores Double Top Honors – The Complete Winners List

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Sundance Film Festival Awards: ‘Minari’ Scores Double Top Honors – The Complete Winners List
The Sundance Film Festival had its share of big deals this year, from the record-setting $17,500,000.69 that Neon and Hulu paid for Palm Springs to a pair of $12 million deals for The Night House (Searchlight) and Uncle Frank (Amazon).

With the powder still settling, the 2020 fest handed out its annual awards Saturday night in a ceremony at Basin Fieldhouse in Park City, where it also revealed that Tabitha Jackson has been named the new Director, succeeding the retiring John Cooper.

Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari was the big winner tonight, taking both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Based on Chung’s real life, the drama follows a Korean-American family that moves from L.A. to Arkansas to chase the American Dream.

Other films that have managed to take the top two awards at the fest recently include Birth of a Nation in
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Sundance 2020 Award Winners: ‘Minari’ and ‘Boys State’ Take Grand Jury Prizes

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Sundance 2020 Award Winners: ‘Minari’ and ‘Boys State’ Take Grand Jury Prizes
The 2020 Sundance Film Festival is coming to a close in Park City, and that means that this year’s award winners have been announced. The awards spotlight standout films across the festival’s various categories, including U.S. films spanning fiction and documentary, as well as foreign-made films, and Next and Midnight selections.

This year’s fest brought a bounty of riches that are continuing to attract buyers, including high-profile pickups from Neon and Hulu (“Palm Springs”), Sony Pictures Classics, Searchlight Pictures (“The Night House”), and more. The 2020 Sundance Film Festival broke a number of records, from diversity in its programming to sales. Culled from 15,000 submissions, the 2020 edition offered up a range of timely, boundary-pushing documentary and narrative storytelling, promising new voices and satisfying new heights from established filmmakers. (Check out IndieWire’s roundup of the best 15 films out of Sundance here.)

Netflix, which owned this year’s Academy Awards nominations,
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Sundance Winners: ‘Minari’ and ‘Boys State’ Take Top Honors

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The Sundance Film Festival concluded with the announcement of its grand jury awards, honoring Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari,” a semi-autobiographical glimpse into the Korean American director’s Arkansas upbringing, and “Boys State,” an immersive vérité look at an impassioned class of politically inclined Texas teens who participate in an annual mock-government competition.

Ethan Hawke and his fellow U.S. dramatic competition jurors Wash Westmoreland and Rodrigo Garcia gave the directing prize to Radha Blank for her “The 40-Year-Old Version.”

Caught off-guard by the award, Blank riffed, “Anybody who feels there’s an expiration on a passion, f— that shit. If it’s in you to be a rapper, a parent, a director in your 40s, do that sh–.” Many of the night’s speeches reflected similar attitudes, as directors who’d confronted discrimination in order to make their films shared their experiences from the podium.

The U.S. dramatic
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“What If This is the Goal? This is Everything?”: Writer/Director Edson Oda on His Sundance Hit, Nine Days

Ever so often you’ll have a film at Sundance that hits at the right time, place and with the right crowd — so that you feel the theater buzz. The last moment of the film, before it cuts to black, rings out over silence (aside from the sniffling of a handful audience members.) For me this year that film was Nine Days on Monday night at the Eccles theater. A feature debut from director Edson Oda, the expansive piece is equal parts grounded sci-fi, drama and a delicate exploration of emotion and existence. Let’s just say you don’t want to […]
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“What If This is the Goal? This is Everything?”: Writer/Director Edson Oda on His Sundance Hit, Nine Days

Ever so often you’ll have a film at Sundance that hits at the right time, place and with the right crowd — so that you feel the theater buzz. The last moment of the film, before it cuts to black, rings out over silence (aside from the sniffling of a handful audience members.) For me this year that film was Nine Days on Monday night at the Eccles theater. A feature debut from director Edson Oda, the expansive piece is equal parts grounded sci-fi, drama and a delicate exploration of emotion and existence. Let’s just say you don’t want to […]
See full article at Filmmaker Magazine_Director Interviews »

Sundance 2020: ‘Nine Days,’ ‘Minari’ Are the Festival’s Competition MVPs

Sundance 2020: ‘Nine Days,’ ‘Minari’ Are the Festival’s Competition MVPs
We are born, we live, and we die. Before we can get on that particular merry-go-round, however, we must first be interviewed. The interrogator is tall, quiet, fastidious, well-dressed. Small granny spectacles perch on his nose as he asks questions of those who sit before him. And when he’s not doing that, he’s reviewing former “vacancies” that he’s filled, watching on a bank of monitors displaying numerous lives in progress. If we are lucky, we are chosen to go forth, from cradle to grave. If not, perhaps
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Sundance Review: Nine Days

by Murtada Elfadl

There’s a very fine between profound and superficial, what is genuinely revelatory and what is obvious. It’s a line that writer / director Edson Oda straddles in his sweeping drama about the meaning of life, Nine Days. Unfortunately to these eyes he ultimately falls on obvious and unearned, while asking the audience to believe it’s profound.

Oda pulls us into a world wholly conceived by him. A man named Will (Winston Duke) who used to be alive now watches VHS tapes of people going on about their lives. When someone dies he gets nine days to interview unliving souls for the vacant position of a new life on earth...
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Sundance 2020: Edson Oda's 'Nine Days' is Heart-Pounding Cinema

This is it. This is the film I was waiting for. This is the one-of-a-kind masterpiece of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Nine Days is a magnificently moving, original work of art. An extraordinary film that dares us to re-examine our lives, and rediscover all the little moments that matter. It is heart-pounding cinema, soul-stirring, life-affirming cinema. It's a very ambitious, original concept that is beautifully realized by writer / director Edson Oda and his entire team on and off screen. Nine Days is one of those rare films that, to me, is perfect. There is not a single frame I would change or alter or remove. I do not need more or less. Every second of this film is perfect. Every shot important, every glance vital. It's a film that left me invigorated and exhilarated, ready to go out and tackle the world, ready to live my life with even more confidence than ever.
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