Livestream Q+A with director Emma Seligman starts at 8:25 pm
Ontario only; February 28 at 7:00 pm until March 7 at 11:59 pm
Director: Emma Seligman
Featuring: Rachel Sennott, Molly Gordon, Polly Draper, Danny Deferrari
Runtime: 77 minutes
Rating: most audiences; strong language, sexual content
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A young woman’s increasingly desperate attempts to keep some big secrets from her family yields many moments of cringe-inducing comedy in this wickedly smart first feature by Emma Seligman. An expansion of the Toronto-bred and New York-based filmmaker’s 2018 short film of the same name, SHIVA BABY stars Rachel Sennott as Danielle, an under-achieving twenty-something who is shocked to discover her older lover (and benefactor) at the shiva she’s attending alongside her unsuspecting parents. The ensuing string of mishaps is compounded by the additional presence of Danielle’s ex-girlfriend and many more intrusive relatives and family friends than she could possibly handle. A favourite at the Toronto International Film Festival, Seligman’s film strikes a fine balance between an acerbic brand of humour and a warmth that’s both surprising and disarming.