Shiva Baby


Danielle (Rachel Sennott) is topping up her college funds by sleeping with a sugar daddy, Max (Danny Deferrari), an arrangement she is keeping secret from her doting and demanding parents, obviously. But Max has secrets of his own. So it’s doubly embarrassing when they all turn up to stand shiva for a mutual friend. That’s not all. Danielle’s former bestie (and more) Maya (Molly Gordon) is in attendance, and eager to ratchet up the embarrassment quota for Danielle at every opportunity… Emma Seligman’s debut feature is an exquisitely excruciating comedy of social humiliation, and will be all too relatable for many millennials, no doubt.

"Shiva Baby is a deeply funny and profoundly awkward comedy about a young, insecure woman experiencing almost unbearable social pressure. The tension builds confidently, driven as much by the cacophony of non-stop gossiping voices and dramatic strings as it does Seligman’s razor-sharp screenplay and Sennot’s perfect performance of the overwhelmed and increasingly exhausted Danielle. As simple in its set-up as it is complex in its interpersonal dynamics and the execution of its masterclass-level comedy, with her debut feature it is clear that for Seligman this is just the beginning of a promising filmmaking career." Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Alliance of Women Film Journalists

Director Emma Seligman will take part in an Indie Spirit Talk on April 12 at 6:00 pm on VIFF Connect

"Shiva Baby is an assured and impressively choreographed debut that gets funnier with every new complication. B+" Katie Rife, AV Club

"Funny is funny." Adam Nayman, Cinema Scope

Best Narrative Feature Film, Indie Memphis Film Festival 20

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Emma Seligman

Rachel Sennott, Molly Gordon, Diana Agron, Danny Deferrari, Polly Draper, Fred Melamed
Producer Kieran Altmann, Katie Schiller, Lizzie Shapiro
Screenwriter Emma Seligman
Cinematographer Maria Rusche
Editor Hanna A. Park
Music Ariel Marx
USA 2020 77 min. 19+ Trailer | Review


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