Shiva Baby + Recorded Q&A

BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmShiva Baby + Recorded Q&A

Showing: 17 June 2021

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Thu 17 Jun 2021

DirectorEmma Seligman
WritersEmma Seligman
CountryUSA, Canada
Running Time1HR 18MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Marking the debut of writer-director Emma Seligman, Shiva Baby is a darkly playful comedy of unease about a young bisexual woman grappling with tradition and independence, featuring a standout lead performance from emerging actor-comedian Rachel Sennott. An encore screening has been added for Thurs 17 June.

The story follows Danielle, a college student on the verge of graduating who is faced with a series of increasingly awkward and humiliating encounters at a climactic day-long shiva, a Jewish gathering of friends and family during a time of mourning. Under the watchful gaze of her neurotic but well-meaning parents, Danielle is bombarded with prying questions from overbearing relatives and rattled by the appearance of an ex-girlfriend who she’s still smitten with. In an even more disastrous coincidence, Danielle’s secret sugar daddy unexpectedly arrives with a wife and screaming baby she knew nothing about, escalating the tension to an excruciating fever pitch.

A refreshingly uncoy depiction of the humour, confusion and exhilaration that accompanies young female sexuality, Shiva Baby is bold, modern filmmaking at its most daring, hilarious and unforgettable. A breakout hit at 2020’s Toronto International Film Festival and SXSW, the film co-stars Dianna Agron, Fred Melamed and Polly Draper.

This screening will feature a 30 minute pre-recorded Q&A with director Emma Seligman.

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