Film - International Independents Filmfest 2017


Directed by Magdalena Zyzak, Zachary Cotler


Director: Magdalena Zyzak, Zachary Cotler
Section: International Independents
Country: Poland, USA
Year: 2017
Language: English
Version: Original version
Cast: Lena Olin, Rosanna Arquette, Nathan Keyes, Alexander Koch, Jordan Gavaris
18+ (no age rating)



Aging poet and author Maya Dardel goes on a call-in radio show to publicly announce her intention to commit suicide. But first, she offers a prize: Ambitious young poets may apply to win her inheritance. The candidates start appearing at Dardel’s house, who poses various challenges to them.

Meet the director


Magdalena Zyzak, Zachary Cotler

Magdalena Zyzak (first photo) was born in 1983 in Zabrze, Poland. She studied film and literature at USC and received her MFA from Columbia University. She is the author of a novel, “The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkel”. She co-wrote and produced the feature film REDLAND and produced the feature film ORION (starring David Arquette, Lily Cole and Goran Kostic). She and Zachary Cotler are currently working on WHEN I'M A MOTH about Hillary Clinton’s early years.

Zachary Cotler (second photo) was born in 1981 in New Jersey, US. He is the author of a novel, Ghost at the Loom, a critical monograph, Elegies for Humanism, and three books of poetry, “Supplice”, “Sonnets to the Humans”, and “House with a Dark Sky Roof”. He studied at Cornell University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has won numerous awards for his poetry. His upcoming feature film with Magdalena Zyzak , WHEN I'M A MOTH, stars Addison Timlin.


Screenplay: Magdalena Zyzak, Zachary Cotler
Director of Photography: Patrick Scola
Film Editor: Osman Bayraktaroglu
Composer: Zachary Cotler
Production Designer: Sarah Cole
Costume Design: Susan Doepner-Senac
Sound: Tomasz Dukszta
Producer: Mike S. Ryan, Morgan Jon Fox, Dariusz Jablonski, Violetta Kaminska, Izabela Wojcik
Production Company: Winter Film Company
Co-Production Company: Greyshack Films, Message Film