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by Zachary Cotler, Magdalena Zyzak


The story of the final weeks leading up to the disappearance (and presumable death) 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 is going to end her life and that young male writers may compete to become executor of her estate. The man who wins will inherit Maya’s home, land, books, unpublished manuscripts, and be expected to protect and promote her posthumous reputation.

international title: A Critically Endangered Species
original title: A Critically Endangered Species
country: Poland, United States
year: 2017
genre: fiction
directed by: Zachary Cotler, Magdalena Zyzak
film run: 104'
screenplay: Zachary Cotler, Magdalena Zyzak
cast: Lena Olin, Rosanna Arquette, Nathan Keyes, Alexander Koch, Jordan Gavaris, Chris Voss, Ryan Masson
cinematography by: Patrick Scola
film editing: Osman Bayraktaroglu
art director: Sarah Cole
costumes designer: Susan Doepner-Senac
producer: Morgan Jon Fox, Mike S. Ryan, Dariusz Jabloński, Violetta Kaminska, Izabela Wójcik
production: Message Film, Greyshack Films (US), The Winter Film Company (US)
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