Japanese Brazilian screenwriter and director Edson Oda, whose first film nine days won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and received a nomination for Best First Feature at the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards – joined the roster of Eleanor, the production company under the founder/ EP Sophie Gold, for US representation covering commercials and branded content. This is Oda’s first performance in the United States.
nine days inspired Gold to reach out and connect with Oda. “I watched his movie nine days and I absolutely loved it,” Gold recalled. “It’s such a well-crafted story that it has a phenomenal pacing, allowing the audience to fully embrace the events on screen without explaining them too much. It really moved me and I can’t wait to see it again.
For Oda, his uncle’s suicide influenced his decision to construct a film that celebrates the small moments in life, as well as mental health and depression. “It’s a dazzling exploration of death; not why people die, but how they live,” Oda said.
The first-time filmmaker fits into the director-centric model that Eleanor devised. Prior to winning the Waldo Salt honor at Sundance, Oda wrote, directed and supervised projects for Philips, Telefonica, Movistar, InBev, Whirlpool, Johnson & Johnson, Honda and Nokia. He did this branding work when he was a senior publicist. creative in Brazil, Spain and London at DM9DDB, DDB Spain and Wieden+Kennedy.
Oda joins a team of directors from Eleanor that includes Kate Cox, Woods, Adrian De Sa Garces, Kacper Larski, Elias Ressegatti, Kelsey Taylor, Dawit NM and Alice Waddington.
Eleanor is represented on the East Coast by Anya Zander and Jenn Johnson of Hustle, in the Midwest by Matt Bucher of Obsidian Reps, and on the West Coast by Melissa Ross of Melissa Ross Represents.