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Denver Film Festival Must-See Pick for October 26: Shiva Baby

A scene from Shiva Baby.
A scene from Shiva Baby.

Again this year, Denver Film Festival artistic director Matt Campbell is offering his must-see picks for each day of the event, which is largely virtual and continues through November 8. Keep reading to get his take on the selection for October 26: Shiva Baby.

October 26
Shiva Baby
Directed by Emma Seligman
Limited screening: Accessible until 11:15 p.m. October 27

"Shiva Baby is a lot of fun," Campbell says. "It's in our American Independent competition and also our CinemaQ section.

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Danielle, the flick's protagonist, portrayed by Rachel Sennott, "is more or less forced to go to this shiva by her parents after a family friend dies. A lot of people are there at the house, including this older man she had a bit of a tryst with earlier in the day — and he's with his wife and infant daughter. But at the same time, she and her former best friend had a secret relationship that their parents don't know about."

The film was supposed to premiere at this year's SXSW Film Festival, which was canceled because of the COVID-19 outbreak. But losing this opportunity has done nothing to quell the buzz about director Emma Seligman, "who's very much an up-and-coming new voice," Campbell believes. "I think she has a very promising future ahead of her."

Click for ticket information and more details about the 43rd Denver Film Festival, including how to access selections online.

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