Film - International Independents Filmfest 2023


Directed by Maayan Rypp


Director: Maayan Rypp
Section: International Independents
Country: France, Israel
Year: 2022
Language: Hebrew
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Dana Ivgy, Ania Bukstein, Itamar Rothschild, Irit Gidron, Naama Preis
18+ (no age rating)


An impressive feature-length debut film about a creative way of mourning a secret lover.

Ella, the mistress of a married playwright, is the last to learn of his sudden death. Keeping her identity under wraps, she attends the traditional seven-day mourning ritual at his home, in close contact with his brother, parents, and most importantly his wife. Within this world that was once forbidden to her, she examines her place in the life of the deceased and eventually demands her legitimate right to mourn him.

Meet the director


Maayan Rypp

Maayan Rypp is a writer-director who was born in 1984 and raised in Tel Aviv. She holds American, Canadian, and Israeli citizenship and is a native speaker of English and Hebrew. Her short films have been screened at various festivals, including Cannes, Palm Springs, and Raindance, winning best film, most promising artist, and special awards. Her first feature film, THE OTHER WIDOW, was developed as part of the Cannes residency and screened at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival as part of the inaugural feature film competition. Maayan has worked in the art department on various films and is currently developing her second feature film.


Screenplay: Maayan Rypp, Anat Gafni
Director of Photography: Moshe Mishali
Film Editor: Clémence Diard, Yann Dedet
Composer: Adam Weingrod
Production Designer: Ido Dolev
Costume Design: Maya Lebovitch
Sound: Nathalie Vidal
Make-up artist: Ella Tal
Casting director: Galit Eshkol
Producer: Ayelet Kait, Amir Harel
Production Company: Lama Films
Co-Producer: Christophe Audeguis
Co-Production Company: The Cup Of Tea
World Sales: Panorama Films