Maya Dardel

The story of the final weeks leading up to the ambiguous disappearance of Maya Dardel, an internationally respected poet and novelist, who lived until 2016 in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Maya announces on National Public Radio that she intends to end her life and that young male writers may compete to become executor of her estate. Men drive up the mountain and are challenged intellectually, emotionally, erotically, until one of them begins this fathom Maya's end game.

"What are we to do with a talent as ferocious and as individual as Lena Olin?"


"A indelible portrait of an original character."

- Bust Magazine

"Maya Dardel's feminist boldness crosses into the exhilarating."

- Flick Filosopher

"A beautiful work of art."

- Paste Magazine

"Bracingly incisive."

- The Los Angeles Times

"Olin is riveting."

- Indiewire

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Lena Olin Maya
Alexander Koch Paul
Nathan Keyes Ansel
Jordan Gavaris Kevin
Chris Voss Moses
Rosanna Arquette Leonora


Written and Directed by Zachary Cotler
Magdalena Zyzak
Producers Mike S. Ryan
Morgan Jon Fox
Dariusz Jablonski
Violetta Kaminska
Izabela Wojcik
Executive Producer Craig R. Johnson
Director of Photography Patrick Scola
Editor Osman Bayraktaroglu
Production Sound Mixer Clint Allday
Sound Design Tomasz Dukszta
Production Design Sarah Cole
Costume Design Susan Doepner-Senac
Original Poetry and Music Zachary Cotler
Casting Susan Shopmaker
Matthew Lessall
Hair and Makeup Sonia Paniagua