Shiva Baby

Director: Emma Seligman
2020 | USA | 77m
GENRE: Bisexual | Comedy | Death/Dying | Jewish | Lesbian | Parenting/Family | Queer
SECTION: Famous Faces | US Feature
Expected Guests: Features Q&A with writer and director Emma Seligman, actor Rachel Sennott, actor Molly Gordon, and actor Dianna Agron.

Family obligations can be stressful even under the best of circumstances. But for Danielle (breakout star Rachel Sennott, Tahara, Frameline44 Pride Showcase), a sexually-liberated, bisexual post-grad reluctantly dragged to a Jewish funeral service by her parents, the persistent questions about her weight, love life, and career goals can make the dead seem like they’re getting off easy. Also, who was it that died again?

Confronted with the third degree from a cavalcade of characters—all while avoiding her overachieving, law student ex-girlfriend who happens to be lingering around the buffet table—Danielle finds that she is unable to escape her past, present, or future. When her current beau shows up, what was once merely awkward turns into a hilarious exploit in truth avoidance, one-uppance, and neuroses of the highest order. Writer-director Emma Seligman expands her 2018 short into a sharp, perfectly-paced, universal take on conflicting versions of self and how hard it is to live up to anyone’s expectations… even your own. This hysterical feature debut also stars Dianna Agron (Glee), Jackie Hoffman (Feud), and Fred Melamed (Lady Dynamite).

— ANGELIQUE SMITH

Buying Note: This digital screening is only available to residents of California and is available to view between 12:01am Thursday, September 17 and 11:59pm Sunday, September 27. We suggest watching it at 8:30pm Sunday, September 20 followed by the Q&A.

SPONSORED BY
The Brantley Smith Group | Merrill Lynch

CO-PRESENTED BY
Jewish Film Institute, SF Sketchfest