Looking for the definitive shiva movie? Look no further than “This Is Where I Leave You,” the starry dramedy that, hot off its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, made its New York City bow Sept. 8 as part of the Tribeca Film Institute gala.
The film, based on Jonathan Tropper’s novel, centers on a contentious quartet of adult siblings forced by their mother, played by Jane Fonda, to sit shiva for their recently deceased father. “The movie business is going through a lot of changes these days,” said director Shawn Levy of the movie, which drew cast members Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Connie Britton and Corey Stoll out for the screening. “Studios are constantly vying for the next franchise and the next blockbuster, and perhaps no area is more competitive than, ‘Who’s gonna make the first shiva movie?’ It was cutthroat, but let me tell you: We won!”
Before the screening, TFI and Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal, who hates making speeches, brought out someone else to make her speech for her: TFI alum Nia Ashley, who stood before the crowd as both the executive producer of a nonprofit she co-founded and as a sophomore at Barnard College.
Then after the screening, partygoers headed out to the new Tavern On the Green to fete TFI and the film. And just in case anyone got too liquored up, the coasters helpfully reminded attendees that “This Is Where Your Drink Goes.”