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Shiva Baby

Opens on June 11

Director: Emma Seligman Run Time: 78 min. Release Year: 2020

Starring: Danny Deferrari, Fred Melamed, Molly Gordon, Polly Draper, Rachel Sennott

Country: United States, Canada
Language: English

“A sharp-witted dark comedy… blends a claustrophobic Jewish humor with a sexy premise to deliver a lively debut.”

– Jude Dry for IndieWire

About the film:

Official Selection of SXSW, Toronto International Film Festival, and winner of the L.A. OutFest screenwriting prize. A critically acclaimed debut feature from writer-director Emma Seligman.

College student Danielle must cover her tracks when she unexpectedly runs into her sugar daddy at a shiva – with her parents, ex-girlfriend and family friends also in attendance. As the day unfolds, a frazzled Danielle struggles to keep up different versions of herself without completely losing it.

About the filmmaker:

Feature directorial debut for Canadian filmmaker Emma Seligman, who developed the feature from her NYU thesis, a comedy short which premiered at the 2018 SXSW film festival. In 2020, Seligman was named one of Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.

Read about her filmmaking journey that began at age nine as a jury member at TIFF’s Sprockets festival for kids.

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