17637Shiva Baby SXSW
International Narrative Competition

SHIVA BABY

Year 2020
Runtime 77 mins
Language English
Alberta Premiere
Streaming Information
  • Online & In-Cinema
  • Availability: Full Festival

A near college graduate, Danielle, rushes to meet her neurotic parents at a family shiva. Upon arrival, she is accosted by various relatives about her appearance and lack of post-graduate plans, while her confident ex-girlfriend, Maya, is applauded by everyone for getting into law school.

Danielle's day takes an unexpected turn when her sugar daddy, Max, arrives at the shiva with his accomplished wife, Kim, and crying baby. As the day unfolds, Danielle struggles to keep up different versions of herself, fend off pressures from her family and confront her insecurities without completely losing it.

Writer/Director Emma Seligman's sharp-witted and assured debut feature is a master class in awkward comedy reminiscent of BROAD CITY. The ensemble cast play off of one another like a well-oiled machine, led by Rachel Sennott, who delivers a star-making performance as Danielle.

Countries

Canada United States
Festivals
SXSW Film Festival 2020, Toronto International Film Festival 2020
Director
Emma Seligman
Executive Producer
Rhianon Jones, Rachel Sennott, Martin Altmann, Fiona Altmann
Producer
Kieran Altmann, Katie Schiller, Lizzie Shapiro, Emma Seligman
Screenwriter
Emma Seligman
Cinematographer
Maria Rusche
Editor
Hanna Park
Music
Ariel Marx
Cast
Rachel Sennott, Dianna Agron, Molly Gordon, Polly Draper