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29th Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 3 - 13, 2021

Shiva Baby


Screening Information

October 26 - October 27

Film Details

Countries United States, Canada
Year 2020
Running Time 77 MIN
Language English
Director Emma Seligman
Cast Rachel Sennott,Molly Gordon,Polly Draper,Fred Melamed

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Toronto director Emma Seligman establishes herself as a refreshing new voice for the millennial Jewish experience with her debut film, Shiva Baby. Supported by her parents as she works towards a gender studies degree, Danielle supplements her parental allowance by dabbling in paid sex work. The disparate components of her life collide one afternoon when she attends a shiva with her parents and discovers among the guests, her former high school sweetheart, Maya, and her current client, Max. What ensues is a taut comedy of discomfort marked by a perfect ensemble cast, including Dianna Agron as well as Fred Melamed and Polly Draper as Danielle’s overbearing parents.

Programmer Pick: A tense, carefully executed drama about a young woman from a close-knit Jewish community who has had to keep secret many aspects of her life. The strengths of the film lie in the naturalistic performances, and in Seligman’s claustrophobic direction. A taut comedy of errors, Shiva Baby is not to be missed. (Lara Bulger)

Presentation Details

Film Followed By Pre-recorded Q&a With Director Emma Seligman
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Reviews ‘Emma Seligman's confident debut tells a playful, brilliantly anxious, sex-positive coming-of-age set inside a tight-knit Jewish community’ -Variety

‘Shiva Baby packs quite the punch. Thanks to a committed cast and sharp script, this discomforting funereal farce proves there’s lots to bite into’ -

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